Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Fort Macon-- Part 3: No Choice But to Surrender

Colonel White had no choice but to surrender, which he did at 4:30 p.m. on 25 April.  Arrangements for surrender were completed the following morning, and Union forces formally occupied the battered fort.  The Confederates lost 7 killed and 18 wounded; Union losses were one killed and 3 wounded.  The Confederates were paroled and released.

Union forces repaired the damage to Fort Macon and used it for the rest of the Civil War.  During Reconstruction the U.S. Army occupied the fort continuously until 1877, using it as a prison.

In 1898, the fort was regarrisoned for the Spanish-American War, and in 1903 it was again abandoned with the belief that it would never again be needed.

For the rest of the history of Fort Macon, go to my World War II blog, Tattooed On Your Soul for May 5, 2016.

--Old Secesh

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