|The navy lost lieutenant Samuel W. Preston This brave and promising young officer was an ardent advocate of the effectiveness of land detachments of sailors and marines against forts. At Fort Fisher came the coveted opportunity and Preston paid for his belief in it with his life. The heavy loss on the beach cast a gloom over the navy despite the success of the assaulting column of soldiers under General Terry. Ensign (now Rear-Admiral) Robley D. Evans was one of those severely wounded. The 200-pounder Parrott gun above was the forward pivot-gun of the “Wabash” and did as much damage in the bombardments of Fort Fisher as any other single gun in the fleet. The gun-crew that served it was composed of picked men and every effective shot aroused hearty cheers.|
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