Fort Fisher

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

Monday, April 18, 2016

155 Years Ago: US Navy Academy Moves from Annapolis to Newport, Rhode Island for Duration

APRIL 23RD, 1861:  USS Pawnee reached Washington where Commodore Paulding reported to the Navy Department on the loss of the Norfolk Navy Yard.  Pawnee's arrival strengthened the Capital's defenses at a very critical juncture.

APRIL 24TH, 1861:  USS Cumberland, Flag Officer Garrett Pendergrast, captured Confederate tug Young America and schooner George M. Smith with cargo of arms and ammunition at Hampton Roads.

**  USS Constitution, Lt. G.W. Rodgers, departed with midshipmen on board for New York and Newport, Rhode Island, under tow of USS R.R. Cuyler with Harriet Lane in company, to transfer the U.S. naval Academy.  It remained at Newport for the duration of the war for safety.

--Old B-R'er

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