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be the capture of Wilmington itself. There are reasonable grounds to hope for success, if advantage can be taken of the absence of a great part of the enemy's forces, now looking after Sherman in Georgia. The directions you have given for the number and equipment of the expedition are all right except in the unimportant one of where they embark and the amount of entrenching tools to be taken. The object of the expedition will be gained on effecting a landing on the main land between Cape Fear river and the Atlantic north of the north entrance to the river. Should such landing be effected, whether the enemy hold Fort Fisher or the batteries guarding the entrance to the river there, the troops should entrench themselves, and by co-operating with the navy, effect the reduction and capture of these places. These in our hands, the navy could enter the harbor, and the port of Wilmington would be sealed. Should Fort Fisher and the point of land on which it is built fall into the hands
The News. Yesterday morning it was known on the streets that Fort Fisher, our principal defensive work at the mouth of the Cape Fear river, had been taken by the enemy at 10 o'clock on the previous night. The news took the community by surprise, as, at the time, there had been no authentic intelligence that the enemy was menacing the fort with a land force. During the day, the following official report, giving all the particulars that are yet known of the fall of the place, was receivedout 10 P. M. the fort was captured, with most of its garrison. "No further particulars at the time known. R. E. Lee." The fall of Fort Fisher, we presume, closes the port of Wilmington. It commands the main entrance to the Cape Fear river, and will, we fear, enable the enemy to blockade the river completely, giving them, as it does, a secure lodgment on the left bank. Fort Caswell and several other works still guard the southern channel of the river. Fort Fisher is thirty m