Fort Fisher

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

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

155 Years Ago: Semmes Has Captured Seven Union Ships

JULY 6TH, 1861:  The CSS Sumter, Commander Semmes, arrived at Cienfuegos, Cuba, with seven U.S. vessels taken as prizes--  Cuba, Machias, Ben Dunning, Albert Adams, Naiad, West Wind and Lewis Kilham.

Semmes appointed a Cuban agent for custody of the prizes, expressing to the Governor there that he had entered that port "with the expectation that Spain will extend to cruisers of the Confederate States the same friendly reception that in similar circumstances she would extend to the cruisers of the enemy...."

--Old B-Runner

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