Fort Fisher

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

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

February 7, 8, 1862: More Confederate Ships Lost on the Tennessee River

FEBRUARY 7TH, 1862:  The USS Bohio, Acting Master William D. Gregory, captured schooner Eugenie Smith, en route from Havana to Matamoras.

FEBRUARY 8TH, 1862:  Captain Buchanan ordered the CSS Patrick Henry, Commander Tucker, and CSS Jamestown, Lieutenant Joseph N. Barney, to be kept in constant state of readiness "to cooperate with the Merrimack when that ship is ready for service."

**  The USS Conestoga, Lt. S.L. Phelps, seized steamers Sallie Wood and Muscle at Chickasaw, Alabama.  The Confederates destroyed three other vessels to prevent their capture, bringing the total loss of ships since the fall of Fort Henry to nine.

Lt. Phelps Doing a Number on Confederate Ships in the Tennessee River.  --Old B-Runner

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