Fort Fisher

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

Friday, January 17, 2014

The Situation at Wilmington, NC

JANUARY 16, 1864: The Richmond Enquirer reported that 26 ships on blockading postation off Wilmington "guard all the avenues of approach with the most sleepless vigilance. The consequences are that the chances of running the blockade have been greatly lessened, and it is apprehended by some that the day is not far distant when it will be an impossibility for a vessel to get into that port without incurring a hazard almost equivalent to positve loss. Having secured nearly every seaport on out coast, the Yankees are enabled to keep a large force off Wilmington." //// Indeed, the numbers of blockade-runners captured or destroyed was increasing as the war progressed, but the runners continued into and out of Wilmington until the fall of Fort Fisher the next year. //// --Old B-Runner

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