Fort Fisher

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

Saturday, June 18, 2016

155 Years Ago: CSS Teaser Ordered to Assist in Defense of James River

JUNE 18TH, 1861:  Major General Robert E. Lee wrote Lt. Robert Randolph Carter, CSN, commander of the CSS Teaser:  "It is desired that the C.S. steam tender Teaser shall unite with the batteries at Jamestown Island in the defense of the James River, and be employed in obtaining intelligence of the movement of hostile vessels and the landing of troops either side of the river...

"It is suggested that you establish a system of signals as a means of communication with the troops, and take every precaution not to jeopardize the safety of your boat by proceeding too far beyond the protection of the guns of the batteries..."

--Old B-Runner

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