The War of the Sixties

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Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009 - 152 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ... PERSONAL EXPERIENCES IN THE VOLUNTEER NAVY DURING THE CIVIL WAR By Act1ng Ens1gn Joseph M. S1mms, U. S. Navy I Am to relate something of Fort Fisher and my personal experience, and of the fall of the fort, as well as of the relation it bore to the final collapse of the Southern Confederacy. There was at the northern entrance of the Cape Fear River a strong line of earthworks, 2580 yards in length--a land face of 682 yards and a sea face of 1898 yards--both faces bearing upon the sea. Fort Fisher was considered the strongest fortress of the sort in the world, and was pronounced impregnable. The works were constructed under the supervision of General William N. C. Whiting, of North Carolina, who graduated from West Point in 1845, sixteen years before his State seceded from the Union. On December 24 and 25, 1864, there were, according to Colonel Lamb's own statement, forty-four heavy guns brought into action. Lieutenant Commander K. Randolph Breese, the admiral's fleet captain, had the command on shore, and Lieutenant Commander James Parker, the Minnesota's executive officer, led in the assault upon the fort, and I was at his side. From October 12, 1864, when Admiral Porter assumed command, up to the time we went to the coast to attack the fortifications at Cape Fear, for which the army and navy had been so long planning, there were calls for all sorts of boat expeditions where there was extra risk of life. This paper was read before the District of Columbia Commandery of the Loyal Legion and has been given for this book through the kindness of its Recorder, Colonel John Tweedale, U. S. A. Now comes the great change for our squadron--"hurry scurry," and the final move for the large fleet of ships. It was: "On to Fort Fisher." A great number of men...

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