Fort Fisher

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

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

155 Years Ago: Savannah Blockade Set

MAY 28TH, 1861:  USS Union, Commander John R. Goldsborough, initiated blockade of Savannah.

MAY 29TH, 1861:  Confederate privateer J.C. Calhoun, captured American brig Panama, which she took to New Orleans with two earlier prizes, American schooners Mermaid and John Adams.  That probably caused a bit of a stir when the ships passed the USS Brooklyn.

**  USS Powhatan, Lt. D.D. Porter, captured schooner Mary Clinton attempting to run the blockade near Southwest Pass, Mississippi River.  Evidently, when you set a blockade of a port, you can seize incoming ships right away.

--Old B-Runner

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