Blue Tide Rising: A Memoir of the Union Army in North Carolina
Major General Joseph Dolson Cox had plenty to do as a Union Army commander engaged in fighting along the Mississippi River, but when Ulysses S. Grant needed him and his men in North Carolina, he immediately headed east. By train and by ship, Cox’s command made an amazingly fast movement to the Cape Fear, where just weeks before Union and Confederate soldiers, sailors, and marines had fought a desperate battle for Fort Fisher, guarding the last open port of the Confederacy at Wilmington. Now the fort was in Yankee hands, but Fort Anderson still remained upriver as one final obstacle to the fall of the port Robert E. Lee depended on. It fell to Jacob D. Cox and Adelbert Ames to eliminate Fort Anderson as they led the western element of a two-pronged assault on Wilmington. From there, Cox either fought in or was close by every major clash of arms fought in North Carolina in 1865. Cox died before his memoir was published in 1900. When it was, his account of his Civil War service made for an important addition to the story of the war from someone who played a pivotal role in it. This well illustrated volume will be a welcome addition to any student of the Civil War and North Carolina’s role in our nation’s fiercest crucible by fire.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR..
Jacob Dolson Cox, was a statesman, lawyer, and Union Army general during the American Civil War, a Republican politician from Ohio, a Liberal Republican Party founder, as well as an author, and a recognized microbiologist. He served as the 28th Governor of Ohio and as United States Secretary of the Interior.