Fort Fisher

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

Friday, April 15, 2016

155 Years Ago: Seventeen Ships Seized By U.S. in New York, USS Cumberland Detained at Norfolk

APRIL 15TH, 1861:  Seventeen vessels from Southern ports without U.S. clearance were seized in New York.

APRIL 16TH, 1861:  Secretary of Navy Welles wrote Flag Officer Garrett J. Pendergrast, commanding USS Cumberland at Norfolk:  "Until further orders for departure of the Cumberland to will be deferred.  In the meantime you will lend your assistance, and that of your command, towards putting the vessels now in the Yard in condition to be moved, placing the ordnance and ordnance stores on board for moving, and, in case of invasion, insurrection, or violence of any kind, to suppress it, repelling assault by force, if necessary."

--Old B-Runner

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