Fort Fisher

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

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

155 Years Ago, January 26-29, 1862-- Part 2: Action at Fort Pulaski

Though the exchange of fire was sharp, three of Tattnall's steamers made good their passage to the fort, the other two being unable to get through.

In his report of the reconnaissance operation, Captain Davis noted:  "As a demonstration the appearance of the naval and military forces in Wilmington and Wassaw Sound has had complete success.  Savannah was thrown into a state of great alarm, and all the energies of the place have been exerted to the utmost to increase its military defenses, for which purpose troops have been withdrawn from other places."

On the Confederate side, General Robert E. Lee commented:  "If the enemy succeeds in removing the obstacles [in Wall's Cut and Wilmington Narrows] there is nothing to prevent their reaching the Savannah River, and we have nothing afloat that contend with them."

--Old B-R'er

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