One hundred fifty years ago, on April 17, 1863, fuel was an issue for the U.S. Navy:
APRIL 17, 1863.
SIR: Coal is wanted at White River. There is quite a force of gunboats there and only two barges.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
K. R. BREESE,
Lieutenant-Commander, Commanding U. S. S. Black Hawk.
Captain A.M. PENNOCK,
Fleet Captain and Commandant of Station, Cairo.
Courtesy of Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission