Fort Fisher

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

Thursday, February 2, 2017

January 30, 1862: Reconnaissance to Fort Henry

JANUARY 30, 1862:  The USS Conestoga, Lt. S.L. Phelps, and USS Lexington, Lt. Shirk, reconnoitered the Tennessee River, making final preparations for the attack on Fort Henry.

Phelps, who performed yeoman service on the western waters reported:  "In the right channel, and near the foot of the island, are numerous buoys, evidently marking the location of some kind of explosive machine or obstruction; these I think we can rake out with our boats."

--Old B-Runner

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