Fort Fisher

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

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Operations on Rappahannock River-- Part 2: Raid on Hamilton's Crossing

MARCH 7TH, 1865:  Lt.Cmdr. Hooker, commanding the naval squadron mentioned two posts ago, joined with the Army unit in conducting a raid at Hamilton's Crossing on the Rappahannock River six miles below Fredericksburg.

Hooker reported that the expedition succeeded in "burning and destroying a railroad bridge, the depot, and a portion of the track...; also the telegraph line was cut and telegraphic apparatus brought away.  A train of twenty-eight cars, eighteen of them being principally loaded with tobacco, and an army train were also captured and burned.

"A considerable number of mules were captured and some thirty or forty prisoners taken.  A mail containing a quantity of valuable information was secured."

All in all, a very successful expedition, further hurting the South in its death throes as a nation.

--Old B-Runner


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