Join us on Friday, June 19 at 12 p.m. for a Live Lecture with author and historian John V. Quarstein, director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center! Live from his home in Hampton, Virginia, John will give a 30-minute presentation on the crippling blow to the Confederacy in the fall of Fort Fisher. Viewers are welcome to send him any comments or questions during the presentation, and John will answer them following his talk!
About this presentation: Union Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles viewed Wilmington, North Carolina, as the key blockade runners’ haven. In late 1862 he strategized a way to capture it. No effort was made until late 1864 when General B. F. “Ben” Butler was charged with capturing Fort Fisher. Butler’s infantry was supported by Admiral David Dixon Porter’s North Atlantic Blockading Squadron. The effort was a miserable failure, ending on December 27, 1862. When Butler retreated to Hampton Roads, he was replaced by General Alfred Terry. Terry and Porter returned to the Cape Fear, and on January 15, 1865, they captured Fort Fisher. The Confederacy’s last outlet to the world was closed. Richmond would soon need to be abandoned.
Image credit: Capture of Fort Fisher, J.O. Davidson, artist; print by L. Prang & Co., 1887. Courtesy Library of Congress.