Fort Fisher

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

Friday, April 15, 2016

155 Years Ago: Davis Wants Privateers and Obstacles Placed at Norfolk

APRIL 17TH, 1861:  Jefferson Davis' proclamation invited all interested in "service in private armed vessels on the high seas" to apply for Letters of Marque and Reprisal.  In other words, privateers.

**  Confederates placed obstacles in the channel at Norfolk, attempting to prevent the sailing of U.S. Naval vessels.  The subsequent passage of the obstructions by the Pawnee and Cumberland proved the effort ineffective.

--Old B-Runner

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