Fort Fisher

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

Friday, March 3, 2017

March 3, 1862-- Part 3: Entire Georgia Coast Under Control of Union Navy

This operation at Fernandina placed the entire Georgia coast actually in possession or under the control of the Union Navy.

Du Pont wrote Senator Grimes three days later that: "The victory was bloodless, but most complete in results."

Du Pont also noted that:  "The most curious feature of the operations was the chase of a train of cars by a gunboat for a mile and a half -- two soldiers were killed, the passengers rushed out in the woods...."

The expedition was a prime example of sea-land mobility of what General Robert E. Lee meant when he said:  "Against ordinary numbers we are pretty strong, but against the hosts our enemies seem able to bring everywhere, there is no calculating."

--Old B-R'er

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