This Day in the Civil War

Monday, Feb. 29 1864

The USS Monticello crept quietly up to the vicinity of Smithville, N.C. and dropped a landing party led by Lt. William Cushing, USN. His mission: capture Gen. Louis Hebert, CSA. Cushing managed to sneak all the way into the general’s quarters, only to find he had left for Wilmington. Cushing reported to his boss, Admiral Lee: “ deep regret that the general was not in when I called.”

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