Fort Fisher

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

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Letter From Wilmington 18 October 1863-- Part 2: Impressed With Whiting's Forts, But Not Smithville

"The forts whose names I have mentioned are superb works. Gen. Whiting's great skill as an Engineer is shown at Every step. I have seen no forts anywhere in the Confederacy that would at all compare with them. They are as neat & trimly sodded as our old show forts around Norfolk and of two times the solidity. //// They are not only built solid enough to withstand an indefinite hammering from any ordnance now known, but some allowance has been made for 'growing.' //// Smithville, the site of one of these forts is one of the oldest towns in the State, and is the most foreign looking place I ever saw. The houses are old-fashioned, some of them quite handsome, and the streets are merely grass-grown lawns, dotted with many curious & beautiful trees, but every thing looks dead or asleep; the houses are tumbling to pieces, the Enclosures torn away, and the very garrison of the fort have a sort of mechanical and moss-grown appearance like old machines rusted by the saltwater and inaction." //// --Old B-R'er

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