This Week in the Civil War - #1007
On January 13, 1865, after a three-day bombardment during which Admiral David Porter’s navy fired approximately 20,000 artillery rounds at Fort Fisher, eight thousand troops under General Alfred Terry landed on a narrow flat north of the fort. Terry’s troops dug in, expecting resistance from some 6000 Confederates from nearby Wilmington under Braxton Bragg. Bragg, however, elected not to come to the assistance of Fort Fisher, despite appeals by both Fisher’s commander Colonel William Lamb and General W. H. C. Whiting who remained at Fort Fisher. On the 15th Union forces rushed Fort Fisher and by that evening forced the capitulation of 1900 Confederate defenders, including Lamb and Whiting. With Bragg’s Wilmington troops not engaging the attacking Union force, Fort Fisher was doomed to fall to Terry’s Union attackers.