This paper attempts to provide a detailed understanding of how General Benjamin Butler's proposal to detonate an explosive laden ship to secure Fort Fisher and ultimately Wilmington, North Carolina failed because of a flawed plan, a gross failure of communication and a desire for personal glory over intelligent planning led to an embarrassing Union defeat in 1864.
Carroll, Christopher Steven
"The Failed Powder Boat Explosion During the First Attack on Fort Fisher in December 1864.,"
Bound Away: The Liberty Journal of History: Vol. 3:
2, Article 7.
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