Fort Fisher

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

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

February 8, 1862: Union Captures Roanoke Island-- Part 2

Late in the afternoon, 7 February, under cover of naval gunfire, General Burnside's troops were landed at 9:00 a.m.  On  8 February, the attack was resumed, and by 4:00 p.m. the obstructions which had been sunk by the Confederates were cleared sufficiently to permit the passage of the Union fleet into Albemarle Sound.

At this point the American flag was raised over Fort Bartow.

The CSS Curlew, disabled during the attack, was destroyed to prevent her capture, and the remainder of the small gunboat fleet under Flag officer Lynch, able to offer only a token, long-range resistance to the Union squadron, withdrew up the Pasquotank River.

--Old B-R'er

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