Fort Fisher

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

Saturday, February 11, 2017

February 10, 1862: The Merrimack Needs a Crew

FEBRUARY 10TH, 1862:  Captain Buchanan reported that the Merrimack (CSS Virginia) had not yet received her crew, "not withstanding all my efforts to procure them from the Army."  The shortage of trained seamen restricted the Confederacy's efforts to build naval strength.

The Union navy also had a problem getting seamen as evidenced by Foote's efforts on the western waters.

--Old B-Runner

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