Fort Fisher

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

Friday, February 10, 2017

February 10, 1862: The Situation at Saint Simon's and Jekyl Islands

FEBRUARY 10TH, 1862:  General Robert E. Lee wrote Confederate Secretary of War Benjamin:  "From the reports of General Mercer as to the inability of the batteries of Saint Simon's and Jekyl Islands to withstand the attack of the enemy's fleet, the isolated condition of those islands, and the impossibility of reenforcing him with guns and men, I have given him authority,  should he retain that opinion upon a calm review of the whole subject, to act according to his discretion; and, if deemed advisable by him, to withdraw to the mainland, and take there a defensible position for the protection of the country...."

--Old B-R'er

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