Fort Fisher

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

Thursday, March 16, 2017

March 16, 1862: Bombardment of Island No. 10 Commences

MARCH 16TH, 1862:  Union gunboats and mortar boats under Flag Officer Foote commenced bombardment of strongly fortified and strategically located Island No. 10 in the Mississippi River.

After the loss of Forts Henry and Donelson, and, as General Grant continued to wisely use the mobile force afloat at his disposal, the Confederates fell back to Island No. 10, concentrated artillery and troops, and prepared for for an all-out defense of this bastion which dominated the Mississippi River.

--Old B-Runner

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