Fort Fisher

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

Sunday, February 15, 2015

The Capture of Charleston-- Part 4: Dahlgren Gets Dig at Porter

The capture of the blockade runners in the previous post underscored Dahlgren's letter to Porter:  "You see by the date [Feb. 18th] that the Navy's occupation has given the pride of rebeldom to the Union flag, and thus the rebellion is shut out from the ocean and foreign sympathy."  This was a bit of bragging as Porter had not yet taken Wilmington which was generally regarded as the closing of the Confederacy.

To secretary Welles, Dahlgren added:  "To me the fall of Charleston seems scarcely less important than that of Richmond.  It is the last seaport by which it can be made sure that a bale of cotton can go abroad.  Hence the rebel loan and credit are at an end."

Learning of the fall of Charleston a wee later in Nassau, Lt. Wilkinson, CSN, the daring Confederate sea captain, agreed:  "This sad intelligence put an end to all our hopes...."

At last the city that had symbolized the South's spirit was in Northern hands.

--Old B-Runner

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