Fort Fisher

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

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

February 20, 1862: Monitor Ordered to Hampton Roads, Virginia

"Major General John E. Wool at Fort Monroe, on hearing a report that Newport News was to be attacked by the CSS Virginia, wrote Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton:  "We want a larger naval force than we have at present."

Meanwhile, the same day, Secretary of Navy Welles was writing Lt. Worden:  "Proceed with the USS Monitor, under your command, to Hampton Roads, Virginia..."

The Die Is Cast.  --Old B-R'er

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