Saturday, January 15, 2011

Second Attack on Fort Fisher-- January 14th, 1865

I am doing a day-to-day account of the Second battle of Fort Fisher. Thanks to the North Carolina Historic Sites website for this chronology.

JANUARY 14TH

Bombardment continued. By nightfall, most guns along land face of fort are out of action.

Union General Terry's forces busy digging a strong line of entrenchments between them and Sugar Loaf. Confederate General Hoke probes this line and determines it too strong to attack. Generals Whiting and Bragg continue telegraphing each other. Whiting's tone is almost insubordinate.

Late Afternoon-- Terry determines conditions favorable for an assault. Union Admiral Porter agrees and pledge sailors and marines will land and also attack.

The Last Full Day in Confederate Hands. --Old B-Runner

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