Fort Fisher

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

Friday, March 3, 2017

March 1, 1862-- Part 2: Stay On the Boats

Flag Officer Foote added to yesterday's post, however,:  "But I must give the general order that no commander will land men to make an attack ashore.  Our gunboats are to be used as forts, and they have have no more men than are necessary to man the guns, and as the Army must do the shore work, and as the enemy wants nothing more than to entice our men on shore and overpower them with superior numbers, the commanders must not operate on shore, but confine themselves to their vessels."

Foote Already Didn't Have Enough Sailors For His Ships and Didn't Want to Lose Any Doing the Army's Job.  --Old B-Runner

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