Fort Fisher

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

Monday, January 5, 2015

Naval Situation on James River-- Part 1

JANUARY 4, 1865:  The impact of Union seapower throughout the war strongly influenced the views of Confederate naval commanders as to their own capabilities.

This date, Flag Officer Mitchell, commanding the Confederate James River Squadron, expressed his estimate of the military situation on the river below Richmond: "The enemy, with his large naval establishment and unlimited transportation has, in all his expeditions against us, appeared in such overwhelming force as to render a successful resistance on the part of ours utterly out of the question, as witness his operations on the Mississippi from New Orleans up, and more recently at Mobile."

--Old B-R'er

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