was one hundred and ten killed and five hundred and thirty-six wounded.
The battle of Fort Fisher
occurred on Sunday, and early on Monday morning Secretary Stanton
, returning from a visit to General Sherman
, sailed into New Inlet
, ignorant of the victory.
There was nothing to indicate the result at the fort, and the fleet stood off from shore with the flags at half-mast.
But at sunrise the stars and stripes were run up at the outworks, and the great War Minister was made aware of the national triumph.
He steamed quickly alongside of the flag-ship, and, soon obtaining the names of those who had distinguished themselves in the fight, promoted and brevetted them on the spot.
A few days after the fall of the fort, two British blockade-runners, ignorant of its fate, ran into the inlet, signalling as usual to the fort.
The signals were answered in conformity with the rebel alphabet, a negro who had been captured having imparted the secret to a national officer.
The blockaderun-nears anchored off the fort, and their commanders came ashore to deliver their papers, but, instead of handing them to Lamb
, were obliged to give them up to Terry
Two valuable cargoes and two of the fastest-sailing vessels in these waters thus fell into the national hands.
Several British officers, attracted by motives of curiosity or sympathy with the rebellion, were aboard, and, while they were enjoying themselves in the cabin, the stars and stripes were run up at the mast-head.
The conduct of the national troops in this battle was never excelled in war. The three brigade commanders were all wounded: Curtis
, as we have seen,