Alabama Civil War Timeline: September 11, 1864

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Mobile Bay Civil War

Alabama Civil War Timeline

September 11, 1864

Expedition Up Fish River At Mobile Bay

Acting Lieutenant Wiggin led an expedition up Fish River at Mobile Bay to seize an engine used by Confederates in a sawmill and to assist Union soldiers in obtaining lumber.

USS Rodolph 1864

USS Rodolph 1864

Tinclad U.S.S. Rodolph, Acting Lieutenant George D. Upham, and wooden side-wheeler U.S.S. Stockdale, Acting Master Spiro V. Bennis, with Wiggin embarked, convoyed Army transport Planter to Smith’s mill, where they took the engine, 60,000 feet of lumber, and some livestock.

American Ship Masters Association Registration of Spiro V. Bennis

American Ship Masters Association Registration of Spiro V. Bennis

Lieutenant George Upham Morris, USN, 1862

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Lieutenant George Upham Morris, USN, 1862

Loading the lumber on board a barge in tow of Planter took almost until nightfall, and in the dusk of the return down-stream, Confederate riflemen took the ships under fire and felled trees ahead of them. The gun-boats returned the fire rapidly and Rodolph broke through the obstructions, enabling the remaining ships to pass downriver.

 

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