Perhaps the single most strategically significant point on the continent - and I could use some help in figuring out how to take it from the yankees. I know historically that this did not prove feasible, I suppose the US Navy was already present too much in force even before Norfolk fell, but I am not knowledgeable on whether the real life Confederates gave any serious consideration to an attempt at taking it.
In the game, there have been a couple times I have tried very early to put the Norfolk guns (including the siege gun), the Suffolk militia, and any other hodge podge of infantry I could scrabble together while fitting under the paltry transport capacity limit and shuttling them across to the fort but it has never ended in success. Reinforcements always swoop down the bay and annhilate the besiegers. Later in the game, the fortress has always appeared too well defended to attempt and obviously after late 1861 or so there's just too much else going on to spare the resources.
So.. does anyone have any useful insight or a tactical approach that provides a reasonable chance of success here?