Fort Fisher

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

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

155 Years Ago: Privateer Jefferson Davis Sails from Charleston, A Need for Coaling Stations

JUNE 28TH, 1861:  Confederate privateer Jefferson Davis, former slaver Echo, Captain Louis M. Coxetter, sailed from Charleston; later made numerous captures of Union ships along the coast, and caused much consternation.

**  Captain Du Pont, Chairman of the Blockade Strategy Board, wrote:  "The order we received ... set forth ... the selection of two ports, one in South Carolina, another in the confines of Georgia and Florida, for coal depots ... it seems impossible to supply the blockading fleet with coal without these depots."

--Old B-Runner

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