From the December 16, 2014, Jacksonville (NC) Daily News.
DECEMBER 24, 1864: 1:46 a.m.-- The USS Louisiana explodes, much noise, little damage to Fort Fisher.
12:45 p.m. Delayed by morning fog, 64 vessels open fire and by dusk had fired 10,000 rounds of shot and shell. Fort Fisher, with its 47 heavy guns and mortars, responds slowly while most men in bombproofs.
DECEMBER 25, 1864:
Daylight-- Shelling resumes and another 10,000 rounds fired that day.
2 p.m.-- Union troops ashore near the site of the present Kure Beach Pier.
Nightfall-- Brig. Gen. N. Martin Curtis orders a skirmish line witn three New York regiments to advance on the fort's land face. Confederates fire on his troops.
DECEMBER 27, 1865
Last Union troops pulled off the beach and the fleet steams north.