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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.
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 difficult side" of the fort; yet it was, as Secretary Stanton says, "after a short conflict, checked and driven back is disorder." And yet they were perfectly brave men. So were the three thousand heroes of Curtis's, Pennypacker's and Bell's brigades, who could not, unaided, get in on the other side; although, as Secretary Stanton says, the sailors and marines "performed the very useful part of diverting the attention of the enemy and 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 f
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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.
cess of the assaulting column. By signals between himself and General Terry at brief intervals, this 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 co
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
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