Voices from the Invaders

The Federal Blockade

"Something must be done to close the entrance to the Cape Fear River . . . . [T]here seems some defect in the blockade which makes Wilmington appear an almost open port . . . . Could we seize the forts at the entrance of the Cape Fear and close the illicit traffic, it would be almost as important as the capture of Richmond [Virginia] on the fate of the Rebels, and an important step in that direction."
  Gideon Welles, U.S. Secretary of the Navy, September 1864


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Memoirs of William T. Sherman