Fort Fisher

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

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

155 Years Ago: Union Ships Arrive Off Charleston, Fort Pickens Reinforced

APRIL 12TH, 1861:  U.S. steamship Baltic, under Gustavus Fox, USS Pawnee, Commander Rowan and Harriet Lane, Captain Faunce, USRM, arrived off Charleston to reinforce Fort Sumter.  But, as Fox observed, "war had commenced" and he was unable to carry out his mission.

**  Under secret orders from Secretary of Navy Welles carried by Lieutenant Worden, Fort Pickens was reinforced by landing troops from a squadron composed of USS Sabine, Brooklyn, St. Louis and Wyandotte.

--Old B-R'er

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