Fort Fisher

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

Monday, March 23, 2015

Directions for the North Carolina Sounds

MARCH 23RD, 1865:  From the James River, Rear Admiral Porter directed Commander Macomb, commanding in the North Carolina  Sounds: "It  seems to be the policy now to break up all trade, especially that which may benefit the rebels, and you will dispose your vessels about the sounds to capture all contraband of war going into the enemy's lines.

"You will stop all supplies of clothing that can by any possibility benefit a soldier; seize all vessels afloat that carry provisions to any place not held by our troops and send them into court for adjudication.  Recognize no permits where there is a prospect of stores of any kind going into rebel hands....

"For any capture, send in prize lists and make full reports.  You will see by the law (examine it carefully) that an officer is authorized to send all property 'not abandoned' into court, especially property afloat."

Let Nothing Move.  --Old B-Runner

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