Fort Fisher

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

Friday, March 27, 2015

CSS Stonewall to Sail to Nassau

MARCH 27TH, 1865:  The CSS Stonewall, Captain T.J. Jones, wrote to Commander Bulloch in England that he would sail from Lisbon, Portugal to Teneriffe and then to Nassau where his subsequent movements "must depend upon the intelligence I may receive...."  Of course, referring to the rapidly diminishing chances of the Confederacy.

That evening, the USS Niagara and Sacramento entered Lisbon, after having followed the Stonewall from Coruna, Spain.

The Stonewall, however, was able to put to sea the next day without interference because international law required the two Union ships to remain in port for 24 hours after the Stonewall had departed.  Of course, I kind of doubt that the two Union ships would have chased and engaged the Stonewall after having declined an engagement earlier in the week.

--Old B-Rer


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