Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The First Battle of Fort Fisher's 146th Anniversary-- Dec. 28, 1864

In the morning, the blockade-runner Banshee runs the blockade into New Inlet.

At 5:30 pm, Lincoln asks Grant what he knows about the Fort Fisher Expedition. Grant replies the "expedition has proven a gross and culpable failure." many of the troops were already back in Virginia. delays and talk about it enabled Confederates to move troops to Wilmington.

Later, Grant removed Butler from his command of the Army of the James and the expedition was the subject of a hearing of the Conduct of the War.

Another attack was planned, this time with Ge, Alfred Terry in command. Admiral Porter returned as Naval commander.

Confederates began repairs on the firt.

The North No Longer Had Butler, But the South Still Had Bragg. Doesn't bode Well. --Old B-Runner

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