On the 17th I received this welcome news from Gen. Terry and I forwarded to Sec. Stanton.
HEADQUARTERS U. S. FORCES,
On Federal Point, N. C., January 15, 1865.
Brigadier General JOHN A. RAWLINS,
Chief of Staff, City Point, Va.:
GENERAL: I have the honor to report that Fort Fisher was carried by assault this afternoon and evening by General Ames’ division and the Second Brigade of the First Division of the Twenty-fourth Army Corps, gallantly aided by a battalion of marines and seamen from the navy. The assault was preceded by a heavy bombardment from the Federal fleet, and was made at 3.30 p.m., when the First Brigade (Curtis’) of Ames’ division effected a lodgement upon the parapet, but full possession of the work was not obtained until 10 p.m.
The behavior of both officers and men was most admirable. All the works south of Fort Fisher are now occupied by our troops. We have not less than 1,200 prisoners, including General Whiting and Colonel Lamb, the commandant of the fort.
I regret to say our loss is severe, especially in officers. I am not yet able to form any estimate of the number of casualties.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
ALFRED H. TERRY,
Brevet Major-General, Commanding Expedition.
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 13, p 230
O.R., I, xlvi, part 2, p 140