Fort Fisher

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

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Grant Requests Naval Support for Schofield's 23rd Corps Transit to North Carolina

FEBRUARY 3RD, 1865:  From City Point, Virginia, General grant requested the Navy keep two or three vessels patrolling between Cape Henry, Virginia, and the Cape Fear River, N.C., during the transit of General Schofield's 23rd Army Corps.

The Corps was embarking from Annapolis, Maryland, and Alexandria, Virginia, for North Carolina to participate in the attack on Wilmington.

Grant wrote: "It is barely possible for one of the enemy's privateers to be met on that route and do us great injury."

Two steamers were stationed as requested to protect the troop transports.

--Old B-R'er

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