Fort Fisher

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

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

March 14, 1862: New Bern, N.C. Occupied-- Part 2

The American flag was raised over Forts Dixie, Ellis, Thompson and Lane on 14 March, the "formidable" obstructions in the river -- including torpedoes -- were passed by the gunboats, and the troops were transported across the Trent River to occupy the city.

In addition to convoy, close gunfire support, and transport operations, the Navy captured two steamers, stores, munitions, cotton and supplied a howitzer battery ashore under Lt. Roderick S. McCook, USN.

Wherever water reached, combined operations struck heavy blows that were costly to the Confederacy.


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