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  • Writer's pictureGeorge Castrioti

December 24th, 1864 - The First Battle of Fort Fisher

Conflict: American Civil War

Combatants: Confederates vs. Federals

Location: North Carolina (USA)

Outcome: Confederate victory


In the closing days of the American Civil War, Fort Fisher near Wilmington, North Carolina, became the last link to overseas supplies for the Army of Northern Virginia. In December of 1865, the Federal army began operations to close down this vital source of supply. Admiral David Porter's squadron of warships coordinated an assault on the fort with General Benjamin Butler. But, after a exploding a powder-filled vessel near the fort and briefly landing troops, Butler retreated.

Major General Benjamin Butler by Mathew Benjamin Brady



David Dixon Porter by Mathew Benjamin Brady


Points of Interest:

  • Benjamin Butler's ignoble actions at Fort Fisher were not out of the ordinary. Butler was a lawyer with a lackluster military career. After the war, he became a politician serving in the House of Representatives and as Governor of Massachusetts.

  • Fort Fisher would be taken by the Federals in the Second Battle of Fort Fisher the following month.





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