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Steamer U.S.S. Fort Donelson (former Confederate blockade runner Robert E. Lee) Norfolk, VA, December 1864

Steamer U.S.S. Fort Donelson (former Confederate blockade runner Robert E. Lee) Norfolk, VA, December 1864

css texas | CSS Texas/Pampero  blockade runner

css texas | CSS Texas/Pampero blockade runner

The USS Memphis was purchased by the Union Navy September 4th 1862 from a New York City prize court.

The USS Memphis was purchased by the Union Navy September 4th 1862 from a New York City prize court.

Rebel fortifications in front of Atlanta, Georgia, in 1863 or 1864. (George N.Barnard/LOC) #

Rebel fortifications in front of Atlanta, Georgia, in 1863 or 1864. (George N.Barnard/LOC) #

USS Lehigh, Passaic Class Monitor. Like several of her type, Lehigh was reactivated during the Spanish American War and used for coastal defense.

USS Lehigh, Passaic Class Monitor. Like several of her type, Lehigh was reactivated during the Spanish American War and used for coastal defense.

One of the 199 blockade runners brought to KW during the Civil War

One of the 199 blockade runners brought to KW during the Civil War

Cincinnati gunboat

Cincinnati gunboat

Admiral David Farragut brought schooners armed with mortars to the lower Mississippi River, to use them against the forts defending New Orleans. Far upstream, Flag Officer Andrew Foote used similar mortars mounted on rafts to bombard Island No. 10 and later Fort Pillow. It’s those river mortar boats – the mortar on a raft – that I’ll look at first.

Mortar on a raft: The Navy puts the 13-inch mortar to use

Admiral David Farragut brought schooners armed with mortars to the lower Mississippi River, to use them against the forts defending New Orleans. Far upstream, Flag Officer Andrew Foote used similar mortars mounted on rafts to bombard Island No. 10 and later Fort Pillow. It’s those river mortar boats – the mortar on a raft – that I’ll look at first.

Aquia Creek Landing, Virginia. View of Federal supply depot from a distance.    Photograph by Alexander Gardner.    http://dotcw.com/supply-depot-at-aquia-creek/

Aquia Creek Landing, Virginia. View of Federal supply depot from a distance. Photograph by Alexander Gardner. http://dotcw.com/supply-depot-at-aquia-creek/

USS KICKAPOO, Winnebago class monitor featuring 1 Eads and 1 Ericsson turret

USS KICKAPOO, Winnebago class monitor featuring 1 Eads and 1 Ericsson turret

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