Fort Fisher

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

Monday, March 30, 2015

Naval Operations in North Carolina Sounds-- Part 1

MARCH 28TH, 1865:  Following the Presidential conference on board the River Queen, Rear Admiral Porter ordered Commander Macomb, commanding the North Carolina Sounds, "to cooperate with General Sherman to the fullest extent: during the operations soon to be opened in the area.  "They will want all your tugs, particularly, to tow vessels or canal boats up to Kinston [N.C.]....

"It will be absolutely necessary to supply General Sherman by way of Kinston."  Porter continued: "There will be a movement made from Winton after awhile.  It is necessary for us to get possession of everything up the Chowan River, so that Sherman can obtain his forage up to there....

"I trust Captain Rhind to remove the obstructions at New Berne and to tow up rapidly all the provisions, and General Sherman can supply his army for daily use by railroad, and you can get up the stuff required for the march."

--Old B-Runner

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