Fort Fisher

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

Friday, January 19, 2018

Union Army Losses At the Second Battle of Fort Fisher


Killed:  2 officer, 35 enlisted
Wounded:  18 officer, 166 enlisted
Missing;  9


Killed:7 officers, 24 enlisted
Wounded:  15 officers, 183 wounded
Missing: 72


Killed:  2 officers, 15 enlisted
Wounded:  4 officers, 105 enlisted
Missing:  none


Killed:  0 officers, 3  enlisted
Wounded:  2 officers, 18 enlisted
Missing:  11


Killed:  11 officers, 77 enlisted
Wounded:  39, 472 enlisted
Missing:  92

--Old B-Runner

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

I Finally Get to Fort Fisher for an Anniversary

I finally was able to attend a Fort Fisher anniversary, something I have wanted to do for a really long time.  Last year, I was about 50 miles away clearing out the condo at Topsail Beach, N.C., but way too busy to go to the 152nd anniversary.

Saturday, Jan. 13 was the big day and I attended the Friends of Fort Fisher annual meeting and descendants presentations followed by a drive out to the fort and presentations, the firing of the cannons and re-enactors.

Monday, January 5, I went to the fort on the actual day of the fall of it back in 1865.

--Old B-Runner

Thursday, January 11, 2018

January 11, 1863: Confederates Capture the Grampus No. 2

JANUARY 11TH, 1863:  Confederate troops captured steamboat Grampus No. 2 near Memphis, laden with a large cargo of coal, and later burned her at Mound City, Arkansas.

**  The USS Matthew Vassar, Acting Master Hugh H. Savage, captured schooner Florida off Little River Inlet, South Carolina, with cargo of salt.

--Old B-Runner

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Fort Fisher's 153rd Anniversary-- Part 3: Programs at the Fort

Also at Fort Fisher on Saturday, January 13, there will be two programs offered inside the museum.

At 12:30 p.m., Dr. Keith Holland will present the history of the Union transport ship Maple Leaf, which was sunk in 1864.  It has a Fort Fisher tie-in.

At 2:30, North Carolina Division of State Historic Sites and Properties Director Keith Hardison will present "Confederate Commander: The Military Qualifications of Jefferson Davis."

All events will be this Saturday, January 13.

As Much Fort Fisher As You Can Stand In One Day.  --Old B-R'er

Oneida County's 117th New York-- Part 4: The Race to the Parapet

So noteworthy was the 117th's actions at Fort Fisher that it actually raced a Pennsylvania regiment to plant their flag on the fort's parapets.  "When one man was shot another would pick up the flag."  Remnants of this flag today are housed in the Oneida County History Center.

Historian Peter Leonard says that the soldiers in the 117th did not enlist because of the issues of slavery or states rights, saying,: "For the average person in Oneida County, I believe it was more of a sense of duty to enlist and serve.  Many had fathers and grandfathers in the Revolution and War of 1812, including the battles of Fort Stanwix and Oriskany."

--Old B-Runner

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Fort Fisher 153rd Anniversary-- Part 2: Friends of Fort Fisher Meeting and Descendants of the Battle

Earlier in the morning of January 13, Saturday, the Friends of Fort Fisher will have a breakfast meeting at the Carolina Beach Courtyard by Marriott during which the plans for the new Fort Fisher visitors center will be shown.

Afterwards, descendants of those who fought at both Battles of Fort Fisher, will present information on their ancestors' roles in the fighting.

--Old B-R'er

Oneida County's 117th New York Infantry-- Part 3: Biggest Contribution the Capture of Fort Fisher

The 117th trained for about three weeks before moving south where they spent several months in the Washington, D.C., garrisons.

They went on to participate in campaigns across Virginia and North Carolina.  At one time they were under the command of General U.S. Grant.

Civil War historian and expert on the Fourth Oneida (117th NY) Peter Leonard says the capture of Fort Fisher was the unit's most significant contribution to the war.  The 117th was in what "would become the largest amphibious landing up until D-Day."

--Old B-Runner

Monday, January 8, 2018

Fort Fisher Celebrates 153rd Anniversary-- Part 1: Re-Enactors and Cannon Firing

From the December 30, 2017, Wilmington (NC) Port City Daily  "Fort Fisher celebrates 153rd anniversary of the Second Battleof Fort Fisher" by Michael Praats.

The name of the commemoration is "Exploding Shells and a Blaze of Musketry."  This will be held Saturday, January 13, 2018.  And, the best part is that I will finally be able to be there.

There will be outside re-enactors discussing camp life, garrison duty and showing the manual of arms.

There will also be large and small artillery firings throughout the day, including the 32-pdr. rifled and banded cannon atop Sheppard's Battery.

Masonboro Parlor will be playing 19th-century music and photographer Harry Taylor will be demonstrating wet plate photography.

Really Looking Forward to This.  --Old B-R'er

Oneida County's 117th New York Infantry-- Part 2: Trained At camp Huntington

New York Governor Edwin Morgan exhorted his state's people to enlist, "Let the 'glorious example of the Revolutionary period be our emulation."

Rome, New York, had around 6,000 people in 1862.

The volunteers for the 117th were largely from around Rome and Utica, but they had members from every county community.

They were organized at Camp Huntington in July 1862.  This camp was located between Liberty and West Dominick streets, spanning west from Expense Street to Francis Street, about six city blocks.  Vamp Street is named after it and runs through the former camp site.

--Old B-Runner

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Oneida County Answers the Call-- Part 1: 117th NY Infantry

From the July 11, 2017, Rome (New York) Sentinel  "Rome Historical Society artifacts and highlight area's Civil War history" by Mac Bullock.

155 years ago, Oneida County answered the call of duty.

The Civil War was in its 15th month and the 117th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment was mustered in in Rome August 1862.    This regiment played a major role in the capture of Fort Fisher.

Many expected the war to be over by Christmas.

Archival documents in the Rome Historical Society give an idea of the situation.

The 117th was also called the Fourth Oneida Regiment.  They were called to duty by New York Governor Edwin Morgan's call for volunteers.

--Old B-Runner

Saturday, January 6, 2018

North Carolina Timeline, January 1863: Coastal

These are more the coastal part of what was happening.

JANUARY 5--  Expedition to capture Wilmington pilots.

JANUARY 14--  Loss of USS Columbia off Masonboro Inlet.

JANUARY 17-21--  Reconnaissance from New Bern to Pollocksville, Trenton, Young's Crossroads and Onslow.

JANUARY  19--  Skirmish at White Oak Creek.

JANUARY  20--  Skirmish near Jacksonville

JANUARY 27-28--  Reconnaissance on Neuse and Trent rivers.

JANUARY 30-FEBRUARY 3--  Naval expedition to Hertford on Perquimans River.

--Old B-Runner

Camp Fisher, N.C.-- Part 3: Four Regiments Trained Here

From the NCpedia.

Camp Fisher was established in the fall of 1861 as one of two Confederate infantry training camps in the county.  (Guilford County)  Companies organized here included those from the 28th, 34th and 37th North Carolina Infantry Regiments in 1861 and the 11th N.C. in 1862.

Charles Fisher, for whom it was named, was the second president of the North Carolina Railroad.

The camp was located between West Kivett Drive and Leonard Avenue in High Point.

--Old B-Runner

Friday, January 5, 2018

Camp Fisher, N.C.,-- Part 2: High Point, N.C.

From highway marker:  "Located 3/4 mile east.  Camp Fisher was a camp of instruction for North Carolina troops 1861-1862.  Camp Fisher was named for Col. Charles Fisher of Salisbury, after his death at the Battle of First Manassas."

dedicated 1990 by the Colonel John Sloan Camp, 1290 SCV on Main Street, Highway 311.

This sign is located in High Point.

--Old B-R'er

Camp Fisher, N.C.,-- Part 1: Named For Charles Fisher

From, the March/April 2016, Confederate Veteran.

One of the Books in Print Reviews was "Guilford Under the Stars and Bars" by C. Michael Briggs.  Guilford refers to Guilford County, North Carolina, home of Greensboro.

What caught my eye in the review was Camp Fisher being named after the same man for whom Fort Fisher was named.  Right up my alley.  Anything Fort Fisher.

It said that Camp Fisher was in High Point and was constructed as a training camp for incoming Confederate soldiers.  It was named for the same Confederate colonel, Charles Fisher of the 6th North Carolina Infantry, who was killed at the First Battle of Bull Run in 1861.  The huge fort guarding Wilmington, N.C., was also named for him.

--Old B-Runner

Thursday, January 4, 2018

January 4, 1863: Joint Army-Navy Expedition Against Fort Hindman

JANUARY 4, 1863:  A joint Army-Navy expedition under Rear Admiral David D. Porter and Major General W.T. Sherman got underway up the White River, Arkansas, aiming at the capture of Fort Hindman at Arkansas Post.  Porter described Fort Hindman as a "tough little nut," mounted 11 guns.

Porter's ship were seriously short of coal and had army transports tow them to conserve fuel.  His fleet consisted of the USS Baron de Kalb, Louisville, Cincinnati, Signal, Marmora, Lexington, New Era, Romeo, Rattler, Glide and Porter's flagship, the Black Hawk.

This date, Porter also ordered the ram Monarch to join him at the mouth of the Arkansas River

--Old B-R'er