Saturday, December 25, 2010

The First Battle of Fort Fisher's 146th Anniversary-- December 25, 1865

MORNING-- Union ships shell the beach north of Fort Fisher. The bombardment of the fort commences again and another 10,000 shells fired.

2 PM-- Union soldiers land.

3 PM-- Union troops to within a mile and a half north of Fort Fisher. eventually, some Union forces within 75 yards of Fisher.

Dusk-- Some Union forces thinking about attacking. Butler orders a withdrawal of the rest of landing party.

DARK-- Union bombardment ceases. Confederates man the ramparts and open fire on Union forces. Weather getting worse and 600 soldiers left on beach.

A Union Bungle. --Old B-Runner

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