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Confederate Goliath: The Battle of Fort Fisher

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The only comprehensive account of the Battle of Fort Fisher and the basis for the television documentary Confederate Goliath, Rod Gragg's award-winning book chronicles in detail one of the most dramatic events of the American Civil War. Known as "the Gibraltar of the South," Fort Fisher was the largest, most formidable coastal fortification in the Confederacy, by late 1864 ...more
Paperback, 343 pages
Published April 15th 2006 by Louisiana State University Press (first published 1991)
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Manray9
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: civil-war
Rod Gragg's Confederate Goliath: The Battle of Fort Fisher is a thorough and well-crafted account of the fall of Fort Fisher below Wilmington, North Carolina near the end of the Civil War. By late 1864, Wilmington was the only significant port open in the Confederacy. It was the haven of a lucrative blockade-running business which kept the South, and particularly R. E. Lee's army, supplied with many essential items of war materiel. The fort's seizure by a combined operation of the Union army and ...more
Jim  Netzband
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: civil-war
Despite growing up about an hour and a half from Wilmington, NC, I was unaware of the existence or significance of nearby Fort Fisher until a trip to the area about a year ago. I toured the museum and remaining ruins, now a state historic site. Intrigued, I put it on my list of history topics to explore later. This book is the one I chose for further study, and it was a good choice. It tells the story of the Union assault and eventual overrunning of the Confederate-held fort near the mouth of ...more
Greg Parrott
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
The history of the battles held on the coast of NC for Fort Fisher and the waterway to Wilmington, the last open port of the Confederacy. Reads like a novel, yet appears to be well researched with lot's of citations for the sources. If you are a North Carolinian, you should read this to know more about your state's history!
Steve
Apr 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was on vacation recently with family in Carolina Beach and we went fishing at Fort Fisher. Standing out there on the jetties that were over 100 years old, seeing the huge earthen battlements rising up out of the flat landscape like so many mountains piqued my interest, and so I took the tour of what is left of Fort Fisher. Afterwards, I bought this book in the Parks gift shop, and started reading it when we got back to our beach house.

If every history book was written like this, kids would
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Shelly♥
Dec 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: civil-war, 2015, history
Fort Fisher was a monsterous earthwork fort near the mouth of the Cape Fear River that kept open the lifeline of the Confederacy - the port of Wilmington - the last place where blockade runners could supply the South with the necessities of life and war. Those who ran it, knew the day would come where they would be forced to defend it. In December of 1864, the Union would make their first effort.

This book chronicles the story of that time, adding in details of the construction of Fort Fisher,
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Will
Jun 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
A truly fascinating book about an important, but little known, battle of the Civil War. Read it after visiting Fort Fisher. Mr. Gragg's book is popular history at its best, informative, well-written, exciting and personal. I will not say that someone having no interest in the Civil War will find it interesting, because that may be asking too much. However, anyone who is a buff, or interested in North Carolina history should read the book. The thing I was struck by, as I often am in reading about ...more
Charles M.
Apr 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Exhaustive study of a lost chapter in Am. Civil War annals: about the defeat of the last harbor fort of the Confereacy (which was a "final" turning point in the war)---Fort Fisher in Wilmington, NC. Once Fort Fisher was taken by Union during January 1865, the days of the Confederacy were truly numbered! Gragg does excellent job in giving details of the fierce battles as well as individual heroics of those men in battle, which led to the defeat. (RI Gov. Lincoln Chaffee's relative, Daisy Chaffee, ...more
Mike
May 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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I lived in Kure Beach N.C. Growing up I played in the woods around Ft. fisher. In my teens I discovered this book. It was mind blowing. To think I've tread that bloody ground a 1000 times. Confederate Goliath has you rooting for the South the whole time even though you know the outcome. All the research in this book is excellent. I know all these places mentioned in the book. Still re-read it every few years.
Edward
Jul 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
Vacationing at Carolina Beach, heard about this nearby Civil War fort that, when it fell, spelled doom for the Confederacy. Well, had to visit it and read more about it. Gragg's book is an exhaustively researched, riveting read. Makes me want to read more on the subject, but there is little, if anything, that Gragg didn't cover in this incredibly interesting book.
Drew Tucker
Oct 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
absolutely wonderful. Well-researched, scholarly, thorough, reads like a novel and written with the visual flair of a feature hollywood movie. That combined with my interest in and personal connection to this important battle in my home state made this an excellent read-through.
Travis
Jan 31, 2010 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Bought this in the Fort Fisher gift shop on Walt's third grade field trip.
Tony
Dec 21, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
toured Fort Fisher (North Carolina)on 13 July 1994
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