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The Daily Dispatch: February 2, 1865., [Electronic resource], Yankee Reasons for the fall of Fort Fisher. (search)
weakening the resistance to their attack." And so were Butler's men brave, and so were their leaders; but the bravest men can't do impossible things; and it was a totally impossible thing for Butler's one thousand two hundred men to take that fort. Had it not been for the co-operation of the fleet in its fire, it is reasonably certain that the assault by Terry would have disastrously failed. Secretary Stanton has, in these few words, described the amazing strength of the fort: "Work unsurpassed, if ever equalled, in strength, and which General Beauregard a few days before pronounced impregnable." If the disposition to co-operate with Butler had existed in the fleet, it could not have persistently co-operated with his assault, if he had persistently made one; for, when Butler was about to move to the attack, Captain Breeze, of the navy, Admiral Porter's chief of staff, informed General Weitzel and Colonel Comstock that the fleet had but one hour's supply of ammunition left.