Fort Fisher

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

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Wilmington Comes Under the Gun-- Part 1

JANUARY 1, 1864: As the new year opened, the Union once more focused its attention on Wilmington, NC. Since 1862, the Navy had pressed for a combined attack with the Artmy to close this major blockade-running port, in an ideal position just 600 miles from Nassau and 675 from Bermuda. //// Despite its increasingly tighter blockade, runners continued to come in and out of the port. Some essentially almost ran regular schedule. //// In the fall of 1863, a British observer reported that 13 steamers ran into Wilmington between 10 and 29 September. (In my entries Benjamin Lewis Blackford reported many runs.) James Randall, a Wilmington shipping firm employee, reported that 397 ships visited Wilmington the first two and a half-three years of the war. //// --Old B-Runner

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