Fort Fisher

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

Saturday, March 28, 2015

USS Niagara Fired Upon by Portugal Fort in Lisbon

MARCH 28, 1865:  The USS Niagara, Commodore T.T. Craven, was fired upon by one of the forts in the harbor of Lisbon, Portugal.  In a report to James E. Harvey, U.S. Minister resident in Lisbon, Craven stated:  "With view of shifting her berth further up the river, so as to be nearer the usual landing stairs, at about 3:15 p.m. the Niagara was got underway and was about being turned head upstream when three shots were fired in rapid succession directly at her from Castle Belem."

Portugal later apologized for the incident.

--Old B-R'er

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