Porter: “The forces under General Terry were landed yesterday without accident or opposition”

I received word from Admiral Porter that our troops have landed near Fort Fisher.

FLAG-SHIP MALVERN,

Off Fort Fisher, January 14, 1865.

Lieutenant General U. S. GRANT,

Commanding Armies of the United States:

DEAR GENERAL: The forces under General Terry were landed yesterday without accident or opposition, and their supplies followed immediately. To-day I hope to finish landing the guns, which will be all left to do. General Terry is throwing up a breast-work across the neck of land from Battery Anderson to the river. (Battery Anderson is called by us Flag-Pound Battery.) I find General Terry most agreeable and efficient, but I think from the way he is going to work that he would like to have more men. This, however, is a mere matter of opinion of mine, which you may take for what it is worth. General Terry has said nothing about wanting more men, and, I judge, is one of those who would not ask for re-enforcements unless it should be absolutely necessary. Yesterday afternoon, after landing the troops, I went with a portion of the fleet to attack the fort. Our fire completely silenced them as usual. The iron-clads fired nearly all day yesterday, and the fort bears many scars, but I cannot tell how much harm was done. We suffered no loss whatever.

Most truly, yours,

DAVID S. PORTER,

Rear-Admiral.

 

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 13, p 227

O.R., I, xlvi, part 2, p 128-9

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