Fort Fisher

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

Thursday, June 23, 2016

155 Years Ago:USS Merrimack Begins Reconstruction as Ironclad CSS Virginia

JUNE 23RD, 1861:  The Confederate Navy began reconstruction of the ex-USS Merrimack as the ironclad CSS Virginia in Norfolk, Virginia.

**  USS Massachusetts, Commander M. Smith, captured Mexican schooner Brilliant with cargo of flour, and Confederate schooners Trois Freres, Olive Branch, Fanny and Basile in the Gulf of Mexico.

A Busy Day for the USS Massachusetts.  Lots of Prize Money.  Old B-Runner

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