Fort Fisher

Fort Fisher
Fort Fisher, NE Bastion. Frank Vizetelly (National Geographic)

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Blockade-Running Woes

FEBRUARY 11TH, 1865:  The USS Penobscot captured blockade-running schooner Matilda in the Gulf of Mexico with cargo of rope, bagging and liquors.

FEBRUARY 14TH, 1865:  The blockade-runner Celt ran aground while attempting to run the blockade from Charleston Harbor.

FEBRUARY 15TH, 1865: Steamer Knickerbocker, aground near Smith's Point, Virginia, was boarded by Confederates, set afire and destroyed.  The USS Mercury had thwarted a previous effort to destroy the steamer.

FEBRUARY 16TH, 1865:  The USS Penobscot forced blockade-running schooners Mary Agnes and Louisa ashore at Aransas Pass, Texas.  Two days later they were destroyed by a boat crew from the Penobscot.

--Old B-R'er

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