Fort Fisher

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

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

155 Years Ago: Buying Those Raiders

MAY 10TH, 1861:  Blockade of Charleston, South Carolina, initiated by USS Niagara.

**   Secret Act of Confederate Congress, signed by President Davis, authorized "the Navy Department to send an agent abroad to purchase six steam propellers, in addition to those heretofore authorized, together with rifled cannon, small arms, and other ordnance stores and munitions of war," and appropriated a million dollars for the purpose.

--Old Blockade Runner

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