Fort Fisher

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

Thursday, February 23, 2017

February 20, 1862: Union Move on Columbus, Kentucky

Brigadier General George W, Cullum, General Halleck's Chief of Staff at Cairo, Illinois, relayed an urgent message from General McClellan regarding the gunboats to Lt. S.L. Phelps:  General McClellan gives most emphatic order to have gun and mortar boats here ready by Monday morning.

"Must move on Columbus with at least four serviceable gunboats and mortar boats.  Only two gunboats at all serviceable here, and but one mortar boat, three being ashore."

--Old B-R'er

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