Fort Fisher

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

Friday, March 4, 2016

155 Years Ago: The State of the U.S. Navy

MARCH 4TH, 1861:  Forty-two vessels were in commission in the United States Navy this date.  Twelve of the ships were assigned duty with the Home Squadron, four of which were based in Northern ports.  beginning with the return of the Powhatan to New York and Pochaontas to Hampton Roads on 12 March and Cumberland to Hampton Roads on 23 March, the Department moved to recall all but three ships from foreign stations, where they were badly needed, in order to meet the greater needs of the Nation in this hour of crisis.

--Old B-Runner

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