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Confederate General William H. C. Whiting Warns General Braxton Bragg About Weaknesses At Wilmington, North Carolina A Year Ahead Of The Union’s Victory There: “I Beg Leave To Call Your Attention To The Necessity Of Providing For This Post A Sufficient Garrison To Insure It Against Surprise”
WILLIAM H. C. WHITING (1824-1865). Whiting was a Confederate Army officer who died as a prisoner during the American Civil War. BRAXTON BRAGG (1817-1876). After serving in the United State Army for almost two decades, Bragg was a Confederate General and adviser to Confederate President Jefferson Davis. ALS. 1pg. February 28, 1864. Wilmington, North Carolina. An autograph letter signed “W. H. C. Whiting”. During the American Civil War, Whiting wrote to Confederate General Braxton Bragg concerning the need for additional support for the garrison at Wilmington: “General, I beg leave to call your attention to the necessity of providing for this post a sufficient garrison to insure it against surprise. This necessity always exists & that it may be fully considered, permit me to lay before you this in these letters on the subject addressed to the Adjt Inspector General of the army – memoirs, maps & correspondence with the war dept will serve for a full under-standing of the character of this portion, its importance, the means of defense & their application. Upon these letters Kemper’s brigade was assigned to me, but the New Bern expedition being ordered of which that formed part. Since then I am not aware that it is at my disposal. My great need is to have such an addition to the permanent garrison as to enable me to prevent the [guns] at the mouth of the river from being turned or surprised. I cannot do this as things now are. Very Respt W.H.C. Whiting Maj Genl”. In late 1864, it was obvious that the Union would attack Fort Fisher, the massive earthwork fort that … [Click Below for Full Description]
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