Fort Fisher

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

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Bennett W. Green, CSN-- Part 10: Ghost?

From the UVA magazine (University of Virginia)  "Ghoulish Grounds" by Robert Viccellio.

The University of Virginia has a large collection of books and manuscripts with 5.1 million and 19.1 million archives.

The library, however, reportedly has two reports of ghosts.

And, one of them is Bennett W. Green.

As we know, Mr. Green was a surgeon in the Confederate Navy and quite a collector of books (and author as well).  His collection of books was donated to the UVA library after his death in Charlottesville.

Figuring He Is Ghosting Because of the School's Rejection of Its Confederate Heritage.  --Old B-Runner

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Bennett W. Green, CSN-- Part 9: Some More On That Button

The button was made by Firmin & Sons, London, an outfitter of the Confederate Navy during the war.

There is an accompanying tag that reads:  "This button was given to me by my friend Dr. B.W. Bennett of the Confederate States Navy -- being one that was worn by him while in actual service.  It is very highly prized.

W.H. Scott
November 1894"

--Old B-R'er

Bennett W, Green, CSN-- Part 8: His Button in a Museum

From Antiquescientifica.

This button is now in the American Civil War Museum.

There is a guilt brass CSN coat button with an identification tag dated 1894, that said the button belonged to Surgeon Bennett Wood Green (died 1913).  Charlottesville, Virginia.

It refers to a photograph that says they were officers of the CSS Shenandoah.  I wrote about this photograph earlier and believe some of the officers were from the Shenanoah, but I don't thing Green was.  But, he was in England after the war and had served on the CSS Stonewall.

--Old B-Runner

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

June 19, 1863: Buy a Blockade Runner in England

From Civil War Naval Chronology.

JUNE 19, 1863:  Secretary Mallory wrote to Commander Bulloch in Liverpool:  "I have heretofore requested you to purchase upon the best terms you can make a very fast steamer suitable for blockade running between Nassau, Bermuda, Charleston, and Wilmington.

"A capacity for stowing from 600 to 1,000 bales of cotton upon not over 10 feet draft would be desirable.  With such a vessel I can place exchange for our use in England every month."

This mean money to Confederate coffers in England to buy more blockade runners and cruisers.

--Old B-Runner

Monday, June 18, 2018

Bennett W. Green-- Part 7: Also An Author

Bennett Green wrote the books "How Newport News Got Its Name."   It was first published in 1899.

He also wrote "Word-Book of Virginia Folk Speech."

They have been reissued.

Born 1835.  Died 1913.

--Old B-Runner

Bennett W. Green-- Part 6: Confederate Service

Service Abroad:  1863-1865.

CSS Stonewall:  1865

Service Abroad was in Europe where officers were detailed for operations on Confederate cruisers.

The CSS Stonewall was an English-built ironclad ship that arrived in the Confederacy too late.  It was powerful and would have been the Confederacy's best ironclad and mounted a 300 pdr. Armstrong rifle gun and two 70-pdr. Armstrong rifled guns.

--Old B-Runner

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Your Child Could Become a History Buff at Fort Fisher This Summer

From the June 14, 2018, WECT, NBC, Wilmington, N.C. by Ashlea Kosikowski.

The North Carolina Junior reserves played a role in the defense of Fort Fisher back in 1864-1865.  They were made up of boys too young for the regular military, age 17.

They also took part in the battles of Wyse Fork and Bentonville.

Your child will have the chance to become a member of this famed group on Fridays this summer at Fort Fisher State Historic Site in Kure Beach.  Times will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m..

Children will learn all sorts of soldier stuff, including drill, toy soldiers, engineering and other things.

Old B-Runner

Friday, June 15, 2018

"Beat the Heat" at Fort Fisher This Summer

From the Fort Fisher North Carolina Historic Site.

The annual summer "Beat the Heat" series of lectures will be given on Saturdays at 2 p.m. at the site in Kure Beach.


"THE FACES OF FORT FISHER" by Dr. Chris Fonvielle.  This will examine the lives of people in the fort as well as those in the blockading fleet.  Chris Fonvielle is without a doubt, THE foremost authority on any and everything dealing with Wilmington and Fort Fisher during the Civil War.


"THE WASP PROGRAM AND FORT FISHER"  by Assistant Site Manager John Mosely.  This is about the Women's Airforce Service Pilots, better known as the WASPs.

In July 1943, the first 25 women of this program arrived at Camp Davis Army Air Field to pull anti-aircraft targets at Fort Fisher.

--Old B-Runner

Thursday, June 14, 2018

33-Star, 34-Star, 35-Star and 36-Star U.S. Flags During the Civil War

The U.S. Flag Organization says that Union forces used four different official flags during the war.  It depended upon when a new state entered the Union.  Seceded Confederate states were included in the flag as well.

The 35-star flag was used the most.

--Old B-Runner

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

June 11, 1863: Blockade Runner Calypso Captured

JUNE 11, 1863:  USS Florida, Commander Bankhead, captured blockade running steamer Calypso attempting to dash into Wilmington with cargo including drugs, provisions and plating for Confederate ironclads.

It later became a Union ship.

I mentioned the capture of this ship, in yesterday's post.  I have written quite a lot about the capture of this ship.  Just click on blockade runner Calypso in the labels to see the posts.

--Old B-R'er

Action At South Mills, 1863

In the last post, I wrote about a Union scouting expedition from Suffolk, Virginia, to South Mills, North Carolina, on June 8, 1863.

From Wikipedia.

South Mills, N.C. is an unincorporated area in the northeast corner of Camden County.  Camden County is along the Virginia border near the ocean.  Population of the town is 454.  The community takes its name from a watermill that operated near it.

The Great Dismal Swamp Canal goes through it.  This made it an area of importance to the Union and Confederate forces during the Civil War.  This led to this scouting expedition and to an earlier battle that took place at South Mills.

--Old B-Runner

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Action in North Carolina, June 1863: Capture of Blockade Runner Calypso

From the North Carolina Civil War Sesquicentennial and Research on Line.

JUNE 5-7  Reconnaissance through Gates County and down Chowan River.  Union force 11th Pennsylvania Cavalry.

JUNE  8--  Scout from Suffolk, Virginia, to South Mills, North Carolina.

JUNE 11-- Capture of blockade-runner Calypso.

Old B-Runner

Monday, June 11, 2018

Bennett W. Green, CSN-- Part 5: Confederate Service

Jackson Station, 1862

Naval Hospital, Richmond, Virginia

I have not been able to come up with anything about a Jackson Station in the Confederate Navy, but since other stations were named after cities, I will have to guess this station to be at Jackson, Mississippi.  I did come across other Confederate officers who were stationed at Jackson Station.

Richmond had many hospitals during the Civil War.

--Old B-Runner

Bennett W. Green-- Part 4: Confederate Service

ARMY SERVICE at Culpepper Court House, Virginia, 1861

CSS Pamlico, New Orleans Station

There was a training base and Army hospital at Culpepper Court House, va.

The CSS Pamlico was sidewheel steamer purchased in New Orleans, Louisiana, on 10 July 1862 and placed in commission 2 September, 1861, with Lt. W.G. Dozier in command.

It operated in and around New Orleans and fought Union ships on December 4 and 7, 1861, 25 March 1862 and 4 April 1862.

I was burned on Lake Pontchartran, Louisiana to prevent capture after New Orleans fell.

--Old B-Runner

Sunday, June 10, 2018

The Union Attack on Bluffton, S.C.: Destruction

From Wikipedia.

After the Union victory at Port Royal on November 7, 1861, Confederate forces retreated to Bluffton, on the mainland, from Hilton Head Island.  From Bluffton, Confederates could easily keep watch on the Union activities.

In late May 1863, Union General David Hunter ordered the destruction of Bluffton.  This was carried out June 4, 1863.  Around two-thirds of Bluffton's approximately sixty structures were destroyed. Only the town's two churches and fifteen family dwellings remained after the attack.

--Old B-Runner