“we will stand a good chance, not only to carry Fort Fisher, but to take Wilmington”

I have learned that Gen. Bragg’s army in North Carolina has been called to Georgia to deal with Sherman.  This gives us a great opportunity for our planned attack on Ft. Fisher, on the coast of North Carolina.  I wrote Adm. Porter,

CITY POINT, VA., November 30, 1864 – 10 p. m.

Admiral D. D. PORTER,

Fort Monroe:

Southern papers show that Bragg with a large part of his force has gone to Georgia. If we can get off during his absence we will stand a good chance, not only to carry Fort Fisher, but to take Wilmington. The troops will be ready to start the moment you are ready.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

 

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 13, p 36

O.R., I, xlii, part 3, p 750

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