Fort Fisher

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

Friday, May 6, 2016

155 Years Ago --Part 1: Bulloch Ordered to England to Purchase Ships to be Used As Commerce Raiders

MAY 9TH, 1861:  Confederate Secretary of the Navy Mallory ordered Commander James Bulloch, CSN, to England to purchase ships, guns and ammunition.  In his instructions he said: "...provide as one of the conditions for payment for the delivery of the vessels under the British flag at one of our Southern ports, and, secondly, that the bonds of the Confederacy be taken in whole or part payment.

"The class of vessel desired for immediate use is that which offers the greatest chance of success against the enemy's commerce... as sidewheel steamers can not be made general cruisers, and as from the enemy's force before our forts, our ships must be enabled to keep the sea, and to make extended cruises, propellers fast under both steam and canvas suggest themselves to us with special favor."

Sounds Like He Already Is Talking About the CSS Alabama.  ---Old B-runner

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