Fort Fisher

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

Friday, March 27, 2015

Searching for the CSS Shenandoah

MARCH 27TH, 1865:  Secretary Welles ordered the USS Wyoming, Commander John P. Bankhead, then in Baltimore, to sail in search of the CSS Shenandoah.  So delayed were communications between the Pacific and Washington, D.C., that although the Wyoming was ordered to cruise from Melbourne, Australia, to China, the Shenandoah had already departed from Australia more than five weeks before and was now nearing Ascension Island.

The Wyoming would join the USS Wachusett and Iroquois on independent service in and effort to track down the elusive commerce raider.

--Old B-Runner

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