Casualties and Other Numbers

December 24-25, 1864

See Union and Confederate Orders of Battle for Complete Command Listings.

Fort Fisher Garrsion

Forces Engaged:

Command Effectives
Garrison Approx. 425
Reinforcements December 21:
C.S. Navy Detachment 28
Reinforcements December 23:
40th NC Regiment 110
2 companies, 10th NC Regiment 110
1 company, 13th NC Batt'n 115
NC Junior Reserves 140
Additional Reinforcements:
4th, 7th, and 8th Battalions, NCJR - December 25 443
Total: Approx. 1,371

Casualties

Personnel December 24 December 25
Killed Wnd. Killed Wnd.
Commissioned Officers ----- 2 ----- 3
Non-Comm. Officers ----- 3 ----- 6
Privates ----- 16 3 17
Seamen ----- 2 ----- 8
Marines ----- ----- ----- 1
Total: ----- 23 3 35
Aggregate: 61

Rounds Expended

Magazine December 24 December 25*
No. 1 40 35
No. 2 34 62
No. 3 55 60
No. 4 ---------- 4
No. 5 105 19
No. 6 106 18
No. 7 112 70
No. 8 25 84
No. 9 59 114
No. 10 6 70
No. 11 ---------- 60
No. 14 130 122
Total: 672 718
Aggregate: 1,390

* Approximately 118 rounds expended on the 25th were grape, canister, and shell fired at Federal boats and ground forces. Fort Fisher Contained some 3,600 rounds when the engagement began.

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Hoke's Division

Forces Engaged

Command Effectives
Kirkland's Brigade: 1,300
17th, 42nd, and 66th NC Regiments
Local units subject to Kirkland's orders:*
4th, 7th, and 8th Battalions NC Junior Reserves Approx. 800
8th NC Senior Reserves 400
Total: Approx. 2,500

* Force also includes 2nd Co. I, 10th North Carolina Regiment (Southerland's Battery), the Staunton Hill Artillery (Paris's Battery), and a detachment from the 2nd South Carolina Cavalry. On December 26, after the arrival of a portion of Hagood's Brigade and the remainder of Kirkland's, the arms-bearing force at Sugar Loaf was reported as follows: Connally's Brigade, 600; 2nd SC Cavalry, 350; Paris's Battery, approx. 125; Southerland's Battery, approx. 125; Hagood's Brigade, 720.
Total: approximately 3,398.

Casualties

Unit Killed Wounded Missing Total
17th NC 3 11 1 15
42nd NC 1 2 821 85
66th NC 1 1 ----- 2
Reserves ----- ----- 2242 224
Artillery ----- 2 ----- 2
Aggregate: 5 16 307 328

1Soldiers of Company A, 42nd North Carolina Regiment, captured at Battery Anderson south of Sugar Loaf.

2Captured by the 117th New York Infantry.

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United States Army

Forces Engaged

Command Number
Army of the James 6,500 present*

* Approximately 2,300 troops from three brigades of the Second Division, XXIV Army Corps (Brig. Gen. Adelbert Ames), were landed on Federal Point December 25, 1864. A small detachment of N. Martin Curtis's brigade saw action as skirmishers in front of Fort Fisher.

Casualties

Unit Killed* Wounded Captured Total
142nd NY ----- 11 1 12

* One man drowned in the surf upon re-embarkation. Gen. Benjamin F. Butler reported an additional two men killed.

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United States Navy

Forces Engaged

Number of Warships 64

Casualties

Killed Wounded Total
20 63 83

Rounds Expended

Projectiles Weight
20,271 1,275,299 pounds

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Sources

United States War Department. The War of the Rebellion, A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1880-1901.

United States Navy Department. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1900-1901.

Johnson, Robert U. and Clarence C. Buel, eds. Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. 4 vols. New York: The Century Company, 1884-1889.

As compiled and tabulated in:
The Wilmington Campaign and the Battles for Fort Fisher.
by Mark A. Moore — (Da Capo Press, 1999).


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