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Record #:
12223
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During the Civil War, prior to his raid in Plymouth, Lieutenant William B. Cushing, USN, cut a telegraph wire extending between Wilmington and Fort Fisher, North Carolina. While doing so, Cushing captured a Confederate courier en route to Wilmington with dispatches. Cushing substituted a union soldier for the confederate courier, sending him into Wilmington to scope out Confederate happenings. Upon the soldier's return, Cushing donned the courier uniform himself and proceeded to the fortifications of Wilmington, intent on seeking defense obstructions. In the end, Cushing's reconnaissance resulted with the capture of numerous Confederate soldiers.
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The State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 25 Issue 18, Jan 1958, p17, il
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Record #:
4893
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Fort Fisher, built twenty miles south of Wilmington on the Cape Fear River at the start of the Civil War, was the largest and strongest earthwork fort in the world. As the Union blockade slowly closed all Southern ports, the fort was vital in keeping the river open to allow blockade runners to bring in supplies. Several times the Union tried top capture it and failed. On January 15, 1865, Fort Fisher finally fell to an overwhelming Northern force. Over 2,000 men were killed or wounded during the battle.
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Tar Heel Junior Historian (NoCar F 251 T3x), Vol. 40 Issue 1, Fall 2000, p28-31, il
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34449
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On December 24, 1864 the Union launched the largest American naval bombardment to date against forces at Fort Fisher in an attempt to seal the port of Wilmington. While successful in landing troops near the Fort, the expedition ultimately failed. Historically, Union General Benjamin Butler was blamed for the military failure. In the article, the author argues that it was not only Butler, but personal politics between Union commanders, that doomed their attempt to take Fort Fisher.
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