Fort Fisher to Elmira The Fatal Journey of 518 Confederate Soldiers Signed
Fort Fisher to Elmira The Fatal Journey of 518 Confederate Soldiers Signed
Fort Fisher to Elmira The Fatal Journey of 518 Confederate Soldiers Signed

Fort Fisher to Elmira The Fatal Journey of 518 Confederate Soldiers Signed

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Fort Fisher to Elmira contains a dramatic description of both battles of Fort Fisher. The Fort fell to Union forces in January of 1865 and closed the port of Wilmington, North Carolina to blockade running. The importance of this loss cannot be overstated. General Robert E. Lee no longer had an open supply line to feed and equip the Army of Northern Virginia. His prophetic words when he heard Fort Fisher was under attack were, "Wilmington must be held! If it falls, the Army of Northern Virginia can no longer protect Richmond." Barely three months later his words came true and the Confederacy was forced surrender. A Confederate prisoners touching letter written to his wife caused historian Richard H. Triebe to launch an investigation into what became of the soldiers captured at Fort Fisher. Triebe's research provided the answers he sought but it also uncovered an even greater mystery. Of the 1,173 prisoners sent to Elmira Prisoner of War Camp 46% would be dead from disease within five months. Obviously something was horribly wrong at the prison camp, but what was it? Join the author as he explores the causes that led to such a high death rate and find out who was responsible for creating such a dangerous prison environment. Will ship Media Mail