Monday, January 17, 2011

Second Attack on Fort Fisher

The hand-to-hand and ground fighting started at 3:25 pm until 9:30 when the fort surrendered.

JANUARY 16TH

1 am-- Bragg notifies Lee that Fisher has fallen.

Dawn-- First light reveals the carnage. The fort's main magazine explodes, killing about 200 men on both sides.

Afternoon-- Sec. of War Stanton, en route to Washington, DC, makes a surprise stop at Fisher and is presented the garrison flag.

Union forces then began a movement up the peninsula and Cape Fear River until the port of Wilmington was captured five weeks later.

The Confederacy did not last long after the fall of Fort Fisher.

The Beginning of the End. --Old B-Runner

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