Fort Fisher

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

Friday, June 27, 2014

Cushing's At It Again-- Part 3: Porter Congratulates Him

Rear Admiral Porter, still commanding out on western waters, was impressed with William Cushing's expedition and later wrote: "There was not a more daring adventure than this in the whole course of the war.  There were ninety-nine chances in a hundred that Cushing and his party would be killed or captured, but throughout all his daring scheme there seemed to be a method, and, though criticized as rash and ill-judged, Cushing returned unscathed from his frequent expeditions, with much important information.

"In this instance it was a great source of satisfaction to the blockading vessels to learn that the 'Raleigh' was destroyed, and that the other iron-clad was not considered fit to cross the bar."

In other words, the Wilmington ironclads were no longer considered a threat.  Porter would later command William Cushing in his attacks on Fort Fisher.

--Old B-Runner

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