Fort Fisher

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

Monday, July 4, 2016

155 Years Ago: USS South Carolina Getting the Prize Money

JULY 4TH, 1861:  The USS South Carolina, Commander Alden, captured blockade running  schooners Shark, Venus, Ann Ryan, McCanfield, Louisa and Dart off Galveston.

JULY 5TH, 1861:  USS South Carolina captured blockade running schooners Falcon and Coralia off Galveston.

JULY 6TH, 1861:  USS South Carolina captured blockade running schooner George G. Baker off Galveston.

JULY 7TH, 1861:  The USS South Carolina captured schooner Sam Houston off Galveston.

JULY 9TH, 1861:  The USS South Carolina seized and destroyed the schooner Tom Hicks with cargo of lumber off Galveston.

JULY 12TH, 1861  The USS South Carolina captured Confederate schooner General T.J. Chambers off Galveston with cargo of lumber.

That is 12 blockade runners in eight days.  I wonder if any other Union ship seized that many in that short of a time.

Now, That Is a Lot of Prize Money for Somebody.  --Old B-Runner

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