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The Daily Dispatch: February 2, 1865., [Electronic resource], Yankee Reasons for the fall of Fort Fisher. (search)
his fire was so well managed as to damage the enemy without injury to our own troops." Butler, with only two thousand and two hundred men ashore, wisely and dutifully declined to assault Fort Fisher, uninjured by the fire of the fleet. Injured and its fire silenced, Terry could not take it with six thousand men (troops, sailors and marines), after two hours fighting. He had to put in Abbot's brigade, of three thousand freshmen, to finish the job; and it took from five o'clock till ten for the combined nine thousand to do it. Secretary Stanton says: "The works were so constructed that every traverse afforded the enemy a new defensive position, from whence they had to be driven. They were seven in number, and the fight was carried on, from traverse to traverse, for seven hours." Porter's assaulting column of sailors and marines was much larger than the whole column that Butler sent to the assault. It attacked, as Secretary Stanton says, "the least difficul