Fort Fisher

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

Friday, January 29, 2016

155 Years Ago: Orders to USS Brooklyn and Louisiana Secedes

JANUARY 29, 1861:  The secretaries of the Navy and War ordered the Marines and troops on board the USS Brooklyn, Captain Walker, en route to Pensacola, not to be landed to reinforce Fort Pickens unless it was under attack by Confederates.

Louisiana, having passed the ordinance of secession on 26 January, Secretary of the Treasury John A. Dix wired Agent William H. Jones at New Orleans ordering him not to surrender the U.S. Revenue Cutter there and to defend the American flag with force if necessary.

The revenue Cutter Robert McClelland surrendered by Captain John G. Bushrod, USRM, to Louisiana authorities despite contrary command by Agent Jones.

--Old B-Runner

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