This Week in the Civil War - #1031
On Sunday, February 19, 1865, driving against Wilmington, North Carolina, Federal troops commanded by Jacob D. Cox moved to outflank Fort Anderson and its Confederate defenders west of the Cape Fear River. By the evening of the 19th Union troops had marched fifteen miles around the Confederate defenses and f\ought several skirmishes. To hold the Confederates at Fort Anderson in place Union forces demonstrated in front of that fortification, and the Union fleet fired its cannons in support of the Union infantry. That night Fort Anderson’s Confederate defenders evacuated to Wilmington, knowing that they would soon be outflanked by the ever aggressive Federals. As in the case of Columbia and Charlestown, South Carolina, Wilmington, North Carolina would soon see a Union flag flying over this remaining Confederate stronghold.