Fort Fisher

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

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Spring Flooding on James River-- Part 2

MARCH 5, 1865:  The next morning, March 5th, Glisson replied to the secretary: "Your telegram was received this morning at fifteen minutes after midnight; blowing a gale of wind at the time.  The USS Aries sailed at daylight this morning.  The monitors are expected every moment from Cape Fear, and I shall send them up the river immediately."

One of the monitors from the southern stations, the USS Sangamon, arrived in Hampton Roads that afternoon and sped up the James--a quick response to Grant's request.  Within several days three additional monitors joined the Union James River squadron.

--Old B-R'er

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