Fort Fisher

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

Saturday, January 7, 2017

155 Years Ago, January 7, 1862: Heading for Roanoke Island

JANUARY 7TH, 1862:  General McClellan's orders to Brigadier General Burnside illustrated the Army's reliance on strength afloat:  " will after uniting with Flag-Officer Goldsborough at Fort Monroe, proceed under his convoy to Hatteras Inlet ... [the] first point of attack will be Roanoke Island and its dependencies.

"It is presumed that the Navy can reduce the batteries ... and cover the landing of your troops ...."

McClellan  also detailed the Army's follow-up operations in conjunction with the gunboats at Fort Macon, New Bern and Beaufort.

--Old B-Runner

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