The busy port of Wilmington, North Carolina, was a key city linking the Confederacy to the goods and the weapons merchants of Europe and the world. By late 1864, the port city had become an important target for Federal military leaders. To keep the city from falling, the Confederacy relied on a strong system of fortifications, the most formidable of which was Fort Fisher.
The Federal Army in late 1864 and early 1865 made the fort the target of the largest amphibious operation prior to World War II. The successful reduction of the post sounded the knell for the brief life of the Confederacy and brought to a close one of the most interesting eras in Wilmington history.
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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 email@example.com.Review:
". . . a useful introduction to the battle." -- North & South Magazine
". . . excellent supplementary reading for American Civil War, regional, or general military history courses." -- Military History of the West
"McCaslin's book is solid operational military history that will interest buffs well beyond the Tarheel State." -- The Civil War Courier
"This is fast-paced, action-filled narrative history at its best. . . . well written, . . . an excellent job." -- International Journal of Maritime History
"an excellent series [that] should be in every Texas school!" -- Empire Books
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