Fort Fisher

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

Friday, January 16, 2015

Big Explosions Mark Beginning and End at Fort Fisher

JANUARY 16TH, 1865.

The first attack on Fort Fisher was marked with the explosion of Gen. Butler's powder ship, the USS Louisiana.

The morning after the conclusion of the Second Battle of Fort Fisher, Union soldiers or sailors, either exploring for souvenirs or in a drunken stupor, managed to ignite the main powder magazine at Fort Fisher by the Northeast bastion.  The huge explosion killed around 200 Union and Confederates.

--Old B-R'er

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