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Chapter 40: talk of peace. Second federal move against Fort Fisher and Wilmington Harbor Confederate disaffection act of Congress appointing a supreme commander of the armies Montgomery Blair's peace conference Longstreet has a meeting with General Ord, commander of the Army of the James military convention proposed correspondence between General Grant and General Lee Longstreet's suggestions for measures in the critical juncture near the close of the war. The second expedition against Wilmington was sent in January, 1865, General Terry commanding the land and Rear-Admiral Porter the naval forces. After very desperate work the fort and outworks were carried, the commander, General Whiting, being mortally and Colonel Lamb severely wounded. All points of the harbor were captured by the enemy, the Confederates losing, besides most of the armaments of the forts, about two thousand five hundred officers and men in killed, wounded, and prisoners. General Terry's los