Cape Lookout


'Using tactics which would have been impossible before the advent of steam power, du Pont ordered his ships to m earn back and forth in an oval pattern past the twin forts of Port Royal. As they passed the shore batteries each ship could deliver a full broadside while presenting only a moving target. The plan was executed on November 7 with such deadly precision that both forts surrendered within four hours of the attack's commencement (see map below).

Fishing Shoal

Outer buoy

Forts Clark 8c hatteras

August 27-29, 1861

Having occupied Fort Clark without opposition, the Federal flotilla concentrated its attention on Fort Hatteras. An intense artillery duel between the Federal ships and the Confederate batteries began on August 29. After suffering severe damage, Fort Hatteras surrendered at 11:10 am (see map above).

Port Royal under fire from Du Font's fleet (below). Despite the tightening of the Federal blockade, nine out of every ten blockade-runners still reached port safely.

Benjamin Butter's Union assault force is landed at Hatteras Inlet, August 28 (above). Poor conditions resulted in only 300 of the LOQO-strong contingent being landedt rendering useless the army's contribution to the operation.

Joint operations between the army and the navy were notorious for the rivalry which they inspired. Brig. Gen. Thomas West Sherman (above) commanded the land forces at Port Royal Sound, a campaign which was remarkable not only for its success but also for the unprecedented cooperation betwen the two services.

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