Fort Fisher

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

Monday, December 29, 2014

Naval Brigade Withdrawn in South Carolina

DECEMBER 28TH, 1864:  The military situation having stabilized on the Tulifinny River area of South Carolina (where things were getting hot Dec. 5-9), Rear Admiral Dahlgren withdrew the naval brigade Under Commander Preble and returned the sailors and marines comprising it to their respective ships.

The 500-man brigade hastily brought together and trained in infantry tactics, performed vital service in the arduous 4 week campaign.

Major General Foster, commanding the Military District of the South, complimented Dahlgren on the Brigade's courage and skill:  "...its gallantry in action and good conduct during the irksome life in camp won from all the land forces with which it served the highest praises."

Although the Savannah-Charleston railroad was not cut by the expedition, it did succeed in diverting Confederate troops opposing Sherman's March across Georgia.

--Old B-Runner

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