Fort Fisher to Commemorate the 152nd Anniversary of 2nd Battle of Ft Fisher with Living History Program

Fort Fisher to Commemorate the 152nd Anniversary of 2nd Battle of Ft Fisher with Living History Program

By / Local Events / الثلاثاء, 03 كانون2/يناير 2017 05:00

KURE BEACH—On Saturday, January 14, 2017, Fort Fisher State Historic Site will host the living history program, ‘Desperate Bravery and Brilliant Valor: the 152nd Anniversary Commemoration of the Second Battle of Fort Fisher.’ The program is free and open to the public and will be held from 10 am to 4 pm.
Outside the visitor center, Civil War reenactors will bring history to life. Infantry units will discuss camp life and garrison duty, as well as conduct the manual of arms and firing demonstrations. Artillery units will conduct drills and oversee periodic firings of the site’s rifled and banded 32-pounder cannon, the site’s bronze 12-pound Napoleon cannon, and a 12-pound Parrott Rifle.
Rod Gragg, author of Confederate Goliath: The Battle of Fort Fisher, is the program’s keynote speaker. He will speak at 11 am, followed by historian and author Richard Triebe at 2:30 pm. Both authors will be available to meet the public and sign copies of their books throughout the day. The program will also feature guided tours, kid’s activities, and photographer Harry Taylor, who will demonstrate period photography with his 1860s traveling wet plate photography studio.
Program components are subject to change. All Fort Fisher programming is made possible by support from the Friends of Fort Fisher and its sustaining members Troy and Lori Barbour, Mike McCarley, Brian and Deedra Nunnally, Jim and Catherine Taylor, Forrest Goodman, Jr., and Wilson Grab, as well as New Hanover County, the town of Carolina Beach, and the town of Kure Beach. During the Civil War, Fort Fisher, the largest earthen fortification in the Confederacy, once protected the port of Wilmington and the vital blockade running trade on the Cape Fear River. After two massive naval bombardments the fort fell to a Union assault on January 15, 1865. With the capture of Fort Fisher, Wilmington’s port – “the Lifeline of the Confederacy” – was closed to foreign trade. Fort Fisher State Historic Site is located at 1610 Fort Fisher Blvd S, Kure Beach, N.C. 28449.   
Fort Fisher State Historic Site is part of the Division of State Historic Sites in the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR), the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. NCDNCR's mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state’s history, conserving the state’s natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development. NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette’s Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C.  Zoo, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit www.ncdcr.gov

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