Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Pensacola Erupted in Shot, Shell-- Part 1

From the Nov. 11th Pensacola News Journal "Bowden: Pensacola erupted in shot, shell and despair."

Pensacola, Florida, Harbor had been in stalemate since the opening acts of the war for the most part, but things were about to heat up.

Forts Barrancas and Pickens exchanged shots.

General Braxton Bragg lost the Navy Yard dry dock when the tow-line broke and it floated into Union hands was burned September 2, 1861.

September 13-14, 100 Union raiders burned the Confederate schooner William H. Judah being outfitted as a privateer in the former US Navy Yard after a hand-to-hand 15-minute encounter.

In retaliation, Confederates launch a night landing east of Fort Pickens on Santa Rosa Island. Three US Marines were killed and 13 wounded. Three Confederates also died.

More to Come. --Old B-Runner

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