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The Fall of Fort Fisher: Contested Memories of the Civil War


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This article examines the conflicting accounts of the capture of Fort Fisher, near Wilmington, in 1865 by Union forces. Considered by Robert E. Lee as essential to his defense of the South, Fort Fisher repelled a naval assault by Admiral David Porter in December 1864. The fort finally fell several weeks later in a land attack under the command of Union General Adelbert Ames. Credit for the victory has often rested on the shoulders of General Alfred Terry and Colonel N. Martin Curtis but has been disputed by Ames on several occasions, including a 1897 dinner in which both Curtis and Ames were in attendance.
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