Fort Fisher

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

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

George Nicholas Hollins, CSN-- Part 1

From the Capture of New Orleans by Chester G. Heam.

I have been writing about this man and his role in the capture  of the Union steamer St. Nicholas.

George Hollins was no spring chicken, having fought in the War of 1812 where he joined the U.S. Navy as a 15-year-old midshipman and fought with Stephen Decatur.

he earned a reputation as a fighter, and even at the age of 62, was ever-ready for a scrape.

When the war broke out, he commanded the USS Susquehanna on station at Naples, Italy.  he returned to the states and resigned his commission.  On June 20, he became a captain in the Confederate Navy.  Nine days later he promptly demonstrated his aggressiveness when he organized the attack on the St. Nicholas.  After all, a captain should command his own ship..

Heams described Hollins as "active and self-starting, had little patience for red tape."

--Old B-Runner

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