Confederate Goliath: The Battle of Fort Fisher

Rod Gragg, Author HarperCollins Publishers $25 (343p) ISBN 978-0-06-016096-8
Late in the Civil War, Wilmington, N.C., was the sole remaining seaport supplying Lee's army at Petersburg, Va., with rations and munitions. In this dramatic account, Gragg describes the two-phase campaign by which Union forces captured the fort that guarded Wilmington and the subsequent occupation of the city itself--a victory that virtually doomed the Confederacy. In the initial phase in December 1864, General Ben Butler and Admiral David Porter directed an unsuccessful amphibious assault against Fort Fisher that included the war's heaviest artillery bombardment. The second try in January '65 brought General Alfred Terry's 9000-man army against 1500 ill-equipped defenders, climaxing in a bloody hand-to-hand struggle inside the bastion and an overwhelming Union victory. Although historians tend to downplay the event, it was nevertheless as strategically decisive as the earlier fall of either Vicksburg or Atlanta. Gragg ( The Illustrated Confederate Reader ) has done a fine job in restoring this important campaign to public attention. Photos. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1991
Release date: 01/01/1991
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