The first attack on Fort Fisher, during the American Civil War, failed utterly; the second succeeded magnificently. The commanders of the latter learned from the experience of the former; the lessons of both attempts were valuable for the great amphibious operations of the mid-twentieth century, and they remain instructive today.
Ohls, Gary J.
"Fort Fisher—Amphibious Victory in the American Civil War,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 59
, Article 7.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol59/iss4/7