Fort Fisher

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

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Welles Warns Gulf Coast Squadrons to Be Aware of the CSS Stonewall

FEBRUARY 11TH, 1865:  Secretary Welles warned Acting Rear Admirals Cornelius K. Stribling, commanding the East Gulf Blockading Squadron, and Henry K. Thatcher, commanding the West Gulf Blockading Squadron, that information had been received that the ram Stonewall, built at Bordeaux, France, had been transferred to the Confederate government.

"Her destination," he wrote, "is doubtless some point on our coast, and it behooves you to be prepared against surprise, as she is represented to be formidable and capable of inflicting serious injury."

You Have been "Behooved."  --Old B-Runner

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