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‘A Gross and Culpable Failure’ of Leadership in the First Fort Fisher Expedition, December 23-27, 1864

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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.
North Carolina Historical Review (NoCar F251 .N892), Vol. 93 Issue 1, January 2016, p58-83, il, por, f