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The Navy at Fort Fisher. by Thomas O. Selfridge, Jr., Captain, U. S. N. When the Secretary of the Navy, Mr. Welles, recognizing the importance of closing the port of Wilmington, urged upon President Lincoln to direct a cooperation of the army, General Grant was requested to supply the necessary force from the troops about Richmond. As Fort Fisher lay within the territorial jurisdiction of General Butler, commanding the Department of Virginia and North Carolina, the troops were detailed from his command, and in the first attack Butler, with General Weitzel in immediate command of the troops, had control of the land operations. The naval command of the expedition having been declined by Admiral Farragut, on account of ill-health, Rear-Admiral Porter, who had so successfully cooperated with the army in opening the Mississippi, was selected, and was allowed to bring with him five of his officers, of whom the writer was one, being detailed for the command of the gun-boat Huron. The A
The Navy at Fort Fisher. by Thomas O. Selfridge, Jr., Captain, U. S. N. When the Secretary of
y force from the troops about Richmond.
As Fort Fisher lay within the territorial jurisdiction of . From a photograph.
The bombardment of Fort Fisher, January 15, 1865.
taken from Lithographs. ng of the guns.
So quickly had the guns of Fort Fisher been silenced
In a note to the editors C Beaufort.
Thus ended the first attack upon Fort Fisher.
Words cannot express the bitter feeling a e hands of the army.
Second attack upon Fort Fisher.
Upon receiving Admiral Porter's dispatc the army by an assault upon the sea-face of Fort Fisher with a body of seamen.
In a general order ctive such a storm of shell was poured into Fort Fisher, that forenoon, as I believe had never been lead them to where
North-east salient of Fort Fisher, showing on the left the ground over which r as to say the army could not have stormed Fort Fisher without the diversion afforded by the naval [7 more...]