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The Daily Dispatch: February 2, 1865., [Electronic resource], Yankee Reasons for the fall of Fort Fisher. (search)
on; and had till 3 1-2 o'clock on Sunday afternoon to get ready to assault the fort. The fleet co-operated with Terry, and enabled him to throw this line of defence across the Peninsula, to protect an assault he was going to make with just five times as many men as Butler had to assault with. The Baltimore American records: "An order was received from the Admiral to proceed in shore to cover the encampments of the troops from any assault by Bragg from Wilmington.--Should he come, Captain Glisson will, with the one hundred and twenty-three guns at his command, give him a warm reception." Butler had but one thousand two hundred men to assault with, having left one thousand as a thin line of defence against an attack in his rear. The fire of the fleet in the first expedition had done the fort no injury what over, and had disabled but two of its seventy-two guns. In the second expedition, as Secretary Stanton says: "The sea front of the fort had been been greatly