Monday, December 26, 2011

Confederate Victory at Fort Fisher 147 Years Ago

DECEMBER 26TH

Fort Fisher and its garrison remain intact.

Benjamin Butler and his army departs for Hampton Roads, Virginia.

Six hundred troops from Union General Curtis' First Brigade remain stranded on the beach north of the fort, as weather has deteriorated too much for a safe withdrawal. There are several hundred captured Confederates with them. general Bragg makes no attempt to take advantage of the situation.

Between noon and late afternoon, Bragg arrives at Sugar Loaf north of the fort. Major Gen. Hoke and Hagood's Brigade reach the place, followed by Kirkland's men later in the afternoon.

An Opportunity Missed. --Old B-Runner

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