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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 49: first attack on Fort Fisher.--destruction of the confederate ram Albemarle, etc. (search)
g, General Weitzel seems to have really directed all the military operations. It was a mixed — up affair, and it was evidently General Butler's purpose to claim the credit if the fort was captured, and to let Weitzel bear the odium in case of failure. It is not at all certain that the result of the expedition would have been different had General Weitzel had sole command of the troops, as he seems to have advised General Butler in all his movements. In a letter we have quoted, from General Butlerto Rear-Admiral Porter, the former says: Both General Weitzel and myself are fully of the opinion that the place could not be carried by assault, as it was left substantially uninjured as a defensive work by the Navy fire. Notwithstanding which statement, he inconsistently relates in the same letter that Gen. Weitzel advanced his skirmish line within fifty yards of the fort, while the garrison was kept in their bomb-proofs by the fire of the Navy, and so closely that three or f