Fort Fisher, NC II
[Capture of Fort Fisher by Kurz and
Allison courtesy of Wikipedia]
January 13-15, 1865
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Fort Fisher State Historic Site (historical site), Kure Beach, North Carolina, United States
Operations against Fort Fisher and Wilmington
Rear Adm. David D. Porter
and Maj. Gen.
Gen. Braxton Bragg, Maj. Gen.
Robert Hoke, and Col. Charles Lamb
Expeditionary Corps, Army of the James
Hoke's Division and Fort Fisher Garrison [1,900]
After the failure of his December expedition
against Fort Fisher, Maj. Gen. Benjamin Butler
was relieved of command.
Maj. Gen. Alfred Terry
was placed in command of a “Provisional Corps,” including
Paine's Division of
U.S. Colored Troops, and supported by a naval force of nearly 60 vessels, to
renew operations against the fort.
After a preliminary bombardment directed by
Adm. David D. Porter on January 13, Union forces landed and prepared an attack
on Maj. Gen. Robert Hoke's infantry
On the 15th, a select force moved on the fort
from the rear. A valiant attack late in the afternoon, following the bloody
repulse of a naval landing party carried the parapet.
The Confederate garrison surrendered, opening
the way for a Federal thrust against Wilmington, the South's last open seaport
on the Atlantic coast.
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