Fort Fisher

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

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Grant Want Navy Help in Virginia

MARCH 14TH, 1865:  Having dispatched a large number of troops to White House, Virginia, General Grant requested the Navy to send additional gunboats into the York and Pamunkey rivers "to keep open free navigation between White House and the mouth of York River."

Commodore Radford replied at once: "Will send vessels required immediately."  The USS Shawmut and Commodore Morris were detailed for the duty which, like control of the waters of the James, assured the Army of rapid communication and logistic support.

--Old B-Runner

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