Fort Fisher

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

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Lee Makes Last Attempt to Break Grant's Lines-- Part 1

MARCH 25TH, 1865:  General Grant wired Rear Admiral Porter that General Lee's soldiers had broken through the right of his lines and that he thought they would strike toward the central James River supply base at City Point a few miles from the breakthrough.

"I would suggest putting one or two gunboats on the Appomattox up as high as the pontoon bridge, he told the Admiral.  Porter immediately ordered gunboats up the Appomattox River to guard the bridge "at all times."

Simultaneously, the USS Wilderness was ordered up the Chickahominy River to communicate with General Sheridan, carry intelligence about any Confederate activity along the river, and bring back dispatches from Sheridan for Grant.

--Old B-Runner


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