Fort Fisher

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

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

155 Years Ago: USS Powhatan Ordered to Fort Pickens, Pensacola

APRIL 6TH, 1861:  Lieutenant David Dixon Porter, ordered to take command of the USS Powhatan by President Lincoln and to reinforce Fort Pickens, Pensacola, Florida, instead of Fort Sumter, departed New York.

The following day, Lieutenant John L. Worden, USN, departed Washington, D.C., by rail with orders to Captain Henry A. Adams, commanding the USS Sabine and senior officer present in Pensacola area, to reinforce Fort Pickens.

It sounds like Lincoln had given up on Fort Sumter.

--Old B-Runner

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