Fort Fisher

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

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

155 Years Ago, January 18, 1862: Engagement in Texas

JANUARY 18TH, 1862:  The USS Midnight, Lt. James Trathen, and USS Rachel Seaman, Acting Master Quincy A. Hooper, shelled Velasco, Texas.  Lt. Trathen reported that  "One object had been gained in this instance, making the enemy expend his ammunition."

Colonel Joseph Bates, commanding at Velasco, wrote:  "While the enemy remain on their vessels, with their long-range guns, &c., they can annoy and harass us, but when they come on land we will whip them certain..."

--Old B-Runner

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