Fort Fisher

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

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Welles Has Another Plan to Take Wilmington

JANUARY 2ND, 1865:  In September 1864, Union Secretary of the Navy had discussed with Farragut the importance of seizing Wilmington to cut General lee's vital link with Europe and to stop the Confederacy's credit-producing cotton shipments abroad.

He now called upon Secretary of War Stanton's attention to the present "fit opportunity to undertake such an operation."  Pointing to the availability of troops, "as the armies are mostly going into winter quarters," he urged on Stanton a proposal of Rear Admiral Porter to land an assault force at Fort Caswell, guarding the west entrance to the Cape Fear River, and stressed that the naval blockaders, which thus would be able to lie inside the river, would close Wilmington, "the only port by which any supplies whatever reach the rebels."

--Old B-Runner

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