JANUARY 17TH, TUESDAY
Looking out at the ocean from my fifth floor room and couldn't help thinking that had this been 152 years earlier, I would have seen Union transports and warships sitting out a little ways as well as Union troops fortifying lines in case General Braxton Bragg would get up the courage to attack them.
He hadn't come to Fort Fisher's aid when it really counted and the fate of the fort and the South's last open major port and a center for blockade running hung in the balance two days earlier, so why would he do it now?
Fort Fisher fell January 15, 1865.
The Union soldiers who captured the fort landed about where I was right now.
Of course, to my way of thinking, the war was already lost by late 1864, so saving more men's lives would be a good thing.
But, Anyway. I have a full day to spend at Fort Fisher and the Carolina Beach area.
OH BOY. My Favorite Place In the World. --RoadFisher
Action In Western North Carolina Jan-Feb. 1864
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