Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Second Battle of Fort Fisher Anniversary-- Jan. 12, 1865

Thanks to the North Carolina Historic Sites Fort Fisher site for the chronology I'll be using the next several days.

The troops had already left Hampton Roads on Jan. 6th and no doubt weren't exactly having a great time in the cramped ships bobbing around in the Atlantic.

But, this morning, Admiral Porter's fleet of 58 warships departed from Beaufort, North Carolina, heading for Fort Fisher.

By evening, Fort Fisher's commander, Col. William Lamb, observed the fleet's arrival: "I saw from the ramparts of the fort the lights of the great armada, as one after another appeared above the horizon."

Things Are Heating Up. --Old B-Runner

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