January 17, 1865

Details of the Capture of Fort Fisher  

Official War Bulletin 

Washington, January 17 – The Navy Department has received the following from Ft. Fisher, Jan. 15th, 1865, telegraphed from Ft. Monroe:

To Hon. G. Welles, Sec’y of the Navy:

Sir: Fort Fisher is ours. I send a bearer of dispatches with a brief account of the affair. Gen. Terry is entitled to the highest praise and gratitude of his country for the manner in which he has conducted his part of the operations. He is my beau-ideal of a soldier and a General. Our cooperation has been most cordial. The result is a victory which will always be ours when army and navy go hand in hand.

The navy loss in the assault was heavy. The army loss is also heavy.

[Signed] D.D. Porter, R.A.C.

Also January 17

The Fall of Fort Fisher!

The country will be electrified with joy to learn that Fort Fisher and the point of land on which it is built has fallen into the hands of our glorious army, which appears to have stormed the formidable works immediately on landing. With these in our hands, the navy can now enter the harbor, and the port of Wilmington will be effectively sealed. Fully 2,000 prisoners were taken. It is a grand victory, on the achievement of which we congratulate our readers, and for which we thank the army. Truly, the day of peace is braking! Note: Wilmington, NC was the last port open to the Confederacy. The blockade of the South was now complete.

Also January 17

Tennessee A Free State 

We have the great gratification of announcing that, after almost a week of earnest debate and careful deliberation, the State Convention at Nashville unanimously passed a resolution declaring slavery forever abolished and prohibited throughout the State….In addition the Convention passed resolutions prohibiting the Legislature from recognizing the right of property in man, forbidding compensation to be made to owners of slaves; abrogating the declaration of State Independence, the military league made in 1861 with the Confederate States, and all laws and ordinances made in pursuance thereof….

January 20, 1865

English Opinion of Sherman’s March 

The London Post (government organ) expresses the following opinion of Sherman’s march through Georgia:

“Whether the rumor of the fall of Savannah is founded on fact or not, Sherman has already done enough to establish his fame as a skillful, original, and above all, a successful General. However the war may terminate, and however singular may be the episodes which it will yet furnish to history, the grand march of the Federal army through the heart of Georgia in the winter of 1864 must ever posses an almost paramount claim to remembrance. Viewed strategically, General Sherman’s tactics may be said to be unprecedented in the annuls of warfare, because in the only instance of a parallel nature which can be discovered, the motive dictating so hazardous a movement were different.”

January 25, 1865

Better sleighing than now has not occurred here for years past, and the constant jingling of “merry bells,” day and night, show forth the fact that our people are determined not to let slip the present slippery opportunity of enjoying themselves.

January 31, 1865

A Savannah belle stepped off the sidewalk the other day, with a pouting expression, to avoid walking under an American flag which hung in front of an officer’s headquarters. Gen. Geary, military commandant of the city immediately gave orders to have her promenade back and forth under the hateful symbol for an hour, as a warning for similar offenders.

Research conducted by the Jefferson County Civil War Round Table