Fort Fisher

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

Monday, May 16, 2016

155 Years Ago: Naval Forces on Western Rivers Established-- Part 1

MAY 16TH, 1861:  Commander John Rodgers ordered to report to the War Department to establish naval forces on the western rivers under the command of General John C. Fremont.  The importance of controlling the Mississippi and its tributaries which pierced the interior in every direction was recognized immediately by the U.S. Government.

This control was not only militarily strategic but was a vital factor in keeping the northwestern states in the Union.

--Old B-Runner

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