Fort Fisher

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

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Lights Out at Fort Fisher-- Part 5: The Surrender

General Whiting was mortally wounded (well wounded, recovered but caught dysentery in prison and died from that) during the engagement and Colonel lamb was felled with a bullet to the hip (which bothered him the rest of his life).

Major James Reilly, the next highest-ranking officer, assumed command and fought "from traverse to traverse" before finally being forced to retreat from the fort southward to battery Buchana where they surrendered later that night.

"Fort Fisher is ours," Porter wired Welles.

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