Fort Fisher

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

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

155 Years Ago: Blockade of Key West Set and Blockade Runners Captured

MAY 8TH, 1861:  USS Mississippi, Flag Officer Mervine, set blockade at Key West.  (Since Key West never was Confederate, I am not sure why the blockade of it would have to be set.)

**  USS Resolute, Acting Master W. Budd, having captured schooner Somerset at Breton's Bay, towed her close to the Virginia shore and burned her.

MAY 9TH, 1861:  USS Massachusetts, Commander Melancton Smith captured British  blockade-runner Perthshire with cargo of cotton near Pensacola.

MAY 10TH, 1861:  The USS Union, Commander J.R. Goldsborough, captured the brig Hallie Jackson off Savannah with cargo of molasses.

--Old B-Runner

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