Fort Fisher

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

Friday, January 24, 2014

Keeping Confederates Tied Down at Charleston

JANUARY 23RD: Rear Admiral Dahlgren wrote President Lincoln: "The city of Charleston is converted into a camp, and 20,000 or 25,000 of their best troops are kept in abeyance in the vicinity, to guard against all possible contingencies, so that 2,000 of our men in the fortifications of Morris and Folly Islands, assisted by a few ironclads, are rendering invaluable service.... No man in the country will be more happy than myself to plant the flag of the Union where you most desire to see it." //// The Union's ability to attack anywhere it wanted along the Confederate coast tied down huge numbers of soldiers who otherwise could be serving in the armies. //// Even So, Charleston Was Proving a Rough Nut to Crack. --Old B-Runner

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