Fort Fisher

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

Friday, April 1, 2016

Blockade-Runner Virgin at Mobile-- Part 1: News from Havana

From the August 5, 1864, New York Times.

In the last post, I mentioned Capt. Joseph Fry taking command of the Virginius which was involved in running the Spanish blockade of Cuba in 1873.  The Virginius had been a Civil War blockade-runner  as well named Virgin at the time.

This article from the New York Times mentions the ship's destruction.

"FROM HAVANA.;  ARRIVAL OF STEAMER LIBERTY:  BLOCKADE RUNNERS FROM MOBILE AT HAVANA, CAPTURE AND DESTRUCTION OF BLOCKADE RUNNERS.

"The United States mail steamer Liberty, [???] our days from Havana arrived at this port yesterday, with dates to the 30th of July.  She brings the following intelligence.

"Havana, Saturday, July 30.

"Nothing of interest has transpired since the sailing of the Roanoke.  The rebel steamer Denbigh arrived here this morning from Mobile the 26th last, with 470 bales of cotton."

--Old B-Runner

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