Fort Fisher

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

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

155 Years Ago, January 10, 1862-- Part 1: Fear of the Merrimack

JANUARY 10TH, 1862:  Concern continued to grow in the Union fleet as to what preparations should be taken to meet the unfinished ex-Merrimack.

As early as 12 October 1861, Flag Officer Goldsborough had written Secretary of Navy Welles:  "...I am now quite satisfied that ... she will, in all probability, prove to be exceedingly formidable..... Nothing, I think, but very close work can possibly be of service in accomplishing the destruction of the Merrimack, and even of that a great deal may be necessary."

--Old B-Runner

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