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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 26. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), William Henry Chase Whiting, Major-General C. S. Army. (search)
directed by converging fire to the destruction of the guns on the land force of Fisher, and the pounding of the northeast salient to a shapeless ruin. Again Generahing I heard General Bragg say, was to point out a line to fall back upon, when Fisher fell. The firing never ceased—all day and all night long the 11-inch and 15y on the left, the engineers at once threw up a strong covering-work in rear of Fisher, and no effort of ours, against overwhelming numbers could dislodge them. Thof something of what has been going on. That I am here, and that Wilmington and Fisher are gone, is due wholly and solely to the incompetency, the imbecility and the kindly treated and with great respect by all of them. I see that the fall of Fisher has attracted some discussion in the public prints in London. So clever a fell left nothing undone for the defence of the Cape Fear, and if on the night that Fisher fell, Whiting could only have been on the outside, in command, with the troops