Fort Fisher

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

Monday, March 2, 2015

Occupying Georgetown, South Carolina

FEBRUARY 28TH, 1965:  Rear Admiral Dahlgren issued instructions to Captain Stellwagen, USS Pawnee, on operations in vicinity of Georgetown, S.C., coordinated with General Sherman's march north:  "I leave here for Charleston, and you remain the senior officer.  The only object in occupying the place, as I do, is to facilitate communication with General Sherman, if he desires it here, or by the Santee.

"When the Chenango and Sonomo arrive, station one in each river by the town to assist the force ashore; one vessel should be near the fort and one at the light-house to look for communication with me.

"Keep up information from the Santee by courier over the Santee road or by water.  I leave you three tugs, the Sweet Brier, Catalpa and Clover with a dispatch boat.  Let parties be pushed out by land and water, to feel the rebel positions, and drive back his scouts and pickets."

--Old B-Runner

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