Today in Military History: Jan. 15, 1865, fall of Fort Fisher

The bombardment and capture of Fort Fisher, N.C. Jan. 15th 1865, courtesy Library of Congress

On January 15, 1865, in largest amphibious operation of the Civil War, Union forces capture Fort Fisher, Wilmington, N.C. This cut off the last major seaport of the Confederacy. The lack of a supply route for the Confederate Army wasn’t the only blow; the morale of the Confederate troops plummeted after the defeat. The political environment of the Confederacy changed indefinitely as well, critics blamed the poor leadership of President Jefferson Davis as the reason Fisher fell.