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The Daily Dispatch: January 9, 1865., [Electronic resource], A Graphic story of the bombardment of Fort Fisher, from an inside witness. (search)
ge sustained by the fight. Our noble General Whiting had arrived, and all was confidence and cheerfulness. As the morning dawned, the fleet could be discerned in the distance getting ready to renew the attack; but it was not expected that operations would commence before high tide, which would be about half-past 12 o'clock. However, every man was at his post, ready, at any moment, to again engage the fleet. About 10 o'clock the fleet commenced moving in — their extreme right resting near Gatlin's battery, about six miles up the beach, and their left extending down to the fort. The ironsides led the attack, the frigates resting on her right and left and the monitors to the right of the frigates. I counted fifty-two vessels in all--one ironsides, three or four monitors, four frigates and forty-seven other vessels. They steamed in very slowly, two of the frigates going round to the sea front of the fort, and the iron-clads and monitors lying abreast of the centre front. The ironsi