Sherman continued with his thoughts about the first attack on Fort Fisher: "The more I think about the affair at Wilmington the more I feel ashamed of the army there; but Butler is at fault, and he alone.
"Admiral Porter fulfilled his share to admiration. I think the admiral will feel more confidence in my troops, as he saw us carry points on the Mississippi where he had silenced the fire. All this will turn out for the best yet."
Sherman and Porter had worked closely together in operations along the Mississippi River earlier in the war.