Fort Fisher

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

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Wilmington Comes Under the Gun-- Part 2

JANUARY 2ND, 1864: On 2 January, Secretary of Navy Welles again proposed an attack on the defending fortifications of Wilmington: "the only port by which any supplies whatever reach the rebels...." He suggested to Secretary of War Stanton that a joint operation be conducted to seize Fort Caswell: "The result of such is to enable vessels to lie inside (the Cape Fear River), as is the case with Charleston, thus clsoing the port effectually." //// However, General Halleck said operations in Louisiana and Texas would not allow the needed soldiers to participate. As a result, Wilmington remained open for another year. //// Old B-R'er

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