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The First Battle of Fort Fisher

The First Battle of Fort Fisher began on December 24, 1864 and ended with a Union retreat which was completed on December 27, 1864. The battle included a fierce naval artillery bombardment from the Union fleet, but resulted in little damage to the defenses and little loss of life to the Confederate defenders. The Union attempted a land assault, but conflicting information and disagreements amongst the commanders resulted in the cancelation of the assault and the retreat of the Union.