The Last Stronghold (Civil War Campaigns and Commanders Series): The Campaign for Fort Fisher

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The port of Wilmington, North Carolina was a major source of supply for the Confederacy during the first half of the Civil War. It primarily took in manufactured and other goods from Europe and the rest of the world, making up for the South's lack of industrial capacity. However, the port's success was also its downfall as Union military leaders sought to close it permanently, although they faced Fort Fisher, a large bristle of armament on a long chain of fortifications. McCaslin (history, High Point U.) ...
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Overview

The port of Wilmington, North Carolina was a major source of supply for the Confederacy during the first half of the Civil War. It primarily took in manufactured and other goods from Europe and the rest of the world, making up for the South's lack of industrial capacity. However, the port's success was also its downfall as Union military leaders sought to close it permanently, although they faced Fort Fisher, a large bristle of armament on a long chain of fortifications. McCaslin (history, High Point U.) describes the sieges and battles that led to the decimation of the fortifications, and the eventual loss of the Wilmington Port that had once so ably served the cause of the South. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Editorial Reviews

Military History of the West
"skillfully crafted study . . . engagingly written . . . recommended for general and academic readers and would be excellent supplementary reading for American Civil War, regional, or general military history courses."
The Civil War Courier
McCaslin's book is solid operational military history that will interest buffs well beyond the Tarheel State.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781893114319
  • Publisher: State House/McWhiney Foundation Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Series: Civil War Campaigns and Commanders Series
  • Pages: 120
  • Sales rank: 1,461,694
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

RICHARD B. MCCASLIN is an associate professor of history at the University of North Texas. He is the author or editor of nine books, including Tainted Breeze (winner of the Tullis Award) and Lee in the Shadow of Washington (winner of the Slatten Award and the Laney Prize, and a nominee for the Pulitzer in Biography), and several volumes in the award-winning Portraits of Conflict series. A Fellow of the Texas State Historical Association, he is also a contributor to many other publications such as the New Handbook of Texas and a two-volume history of the Texas Senate. He can be reached for interview at mccaslin@unt.edu.

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Table of Contents

1 Lifeline of the Confederacy: Wilmington in 1864 13
2 Gibraltar of the South: Building Fort Fisher 22
3 Unsurpassed Gallantry and Skill: Combatants at Fort Fisher 36
4 Such a Rain: First Assault on Fort Fisher, December 24-27, 1864 56
5 The Monster Returns: Second Assault on Fort Fisher, January 13-15, 1865 66
6 Silent as Death: Surrender of Fort Fisher and Its Aftermath 83
App. A Union Land Forces, December 24-27, 1864 96
App. B Union Naval Forces, December 24-27, 1864 97
App. C Confederate Land Forces, December 24-27, 1864 100
App. D Union Land Forces, January 13-15, 1865 101
App. E Union Naval Forces, January 13-15, 1865 103
App. F Confederate Land Forces, January 13-15, 1865 105
Further Reading 108
Index 111
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