January 7, 1865 – The controversial military career of Federal Major General Benjamin F. Butler finally came to an end. Butler commanded the Department of
January 1, 1865 – A project on the James River intended to allow Federal naval vessels to get to Richmond ended in failure. After returning
December 30, 1864 – The Federal high command prepared for a second effort to capture Fort Fisher on the North Carolina coast and tried to
December 25, 1864 – Federal naval forces bombarded Fort Fisher on the North Carolina coast, but the Federal commander decided not to land his troops
December 24, 1864 – The powder ship U.S.S. Louisiana exploded, signaling the beginning of the Federal assault on Fort Fisher on the North Carolina coast.
December 23, 1864 – A joint Federal army-navy force assembled to attack Fort Fisher, which guarded the last viable Confederate seaport at Wilmington, North Carolina.