Fort Fisher

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

Monday, April 18, 2016

155 Years Ago: Washington, D.C. Cut Off, Farragut Decides to Remain With Union

APRIL 19TH, 1861:  Washington having been cut off by rail from the North, Captain Du Pont and others embarked troops at Philadelphia and headed to the Chesapeake Bay to proceed to the relief of the Capital.

Steamer Boston departed Philadelphia with New York 7th Regiment on board, and ferry boat Maryland embarked General Benjamin F. Butler's Massachusetts Eighth Regiment at Perryville for Annapolis.

**  U.S. steamer Star of the West was seized by Confederates at Indianola,  Texas.

**  Captain David Glasgow Farragut, though born in the South and with a southern wife, chose to remain loyal to the Union and left his home in Norfolk, Virginia, to take up residence in New York City.

--Old B-R'er

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