Fort Fisher

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

Thursday, January 26, 2017

155 Years Ago, January 20, 1862: Gulf Blockading Squadron Divided

JANUARY 20TH, 1862:  Secretary of the Navy Welles ordered the Gulf Blockading Squadron divided into two squadrons upon the arrival of Farragut at Key West:  Eastern Gulf Blockading squadron under Flag Officer McKean, and Western Gulf Blockading Squadron under Flag Officer Farragut.

Farragut's area of responsibility began on the Florida coast at the mouth of the Choctawhatchee River and extended over the Gulf to the west; McKean's jurisdiction covered the Florida Gulf and east coasts as far as Cape Canaveral and also included Cuba and the Bahamas.

--Old B-Runner

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