Fort Fisher

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

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Death of Rear Admiral Samuel F. DuPont

JUNE 23RD, 1865:  Rear Admiral Samuel F. DuPont died unexpectedly at age 61 while on a visit to Philadelphia.  he had commanded the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron during the first two years of the war and had led the naval forces in the important capture of Port Royal by an amphibious assault on 7 November 1861.

The author J.T. Headley wrote of DuPont:  "A gentleman of the old school...whose bearing was that of dignified courtesy to all.  Chivalrous in his own feelings, he was incapable of wounding those of others.  --Insensible to fear, he never shrank from encouraging any danger, while he was absolutely incapable of thrusting himself forward to obtain notoriety."

Unlike Admiral Porter.  --Old B-Runner

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