Fort Fisher

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

Monday, December 15, 2014

Huge Union Fleet Departs Hampton Roads for Fort Fisher Attack

DECEMBER 13TH, 1864:a  The Union fleet massed for the bombardment of Fort Fisher departed Hampton Roads for Wilmington.  Wooden double-ender USS Sassacus was assigned to tow the powder ship Louisiana to Beaufort, N.C. where she was to take on more powder.

Army transports carrying the invasion force commanded by Major General Butler left Hampton Roads at approximately the same time as the supporting naval group.

--Old B-R'er

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