Fort Fisher

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

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

155 Years Ago: Confederate Privateer Lady Davis Commissioned

MAY 17TH, 1861:  The USS Minnesota, Flag Officer Stringham,  captured the bark Star en route Richmond to Bremen.

MAY 18TH, 1861:  Confederate schooner Savannah, Captain Thomas H. Baker, was commissioned by President Davis as "a private armed vessel in the service of the Confederate States on the high seas against the United States of America, their vessels, goods, and effects, and those of her citizens during the pendency of the war now existing between te said Confederate States and the said United States."

In other words, the first Confederate privateer.

--Old B-Runner

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