Fort Fisher Commemorates the 150th Anniversary of the Last Battle

By / Life on the Island / Wednesday, 21 January 2015 05:00

This past weekend the Fort Fisher State Historic Site commemorated the 150th Anniversary of the last battle of Fort Fisher. The two day program, “Nor Shall Your Glory Be Forgot: the 150th Anniversary of the 2nd Battle of Fort Fisher”  focused on the struggle, capture and defense of the Confederacy's largest fortification and "Gibraltar of the South" during the attack that took place January 15th of 1865. Guests enjoyed battle scenarios, reenactments that featured hundreds of reenactors representing Union and Confederate soldiers, sailors, and Marines realistically depicting everything from camp life to battle strategies, music, several speakers, demonstrations and of course the bombs that were heard throughout the island, the firing of the cannons. Fort Fisher State Historic Site is located at 1610 Fort Fisher Blvd S, Kure Beach, N.C. 28449.  
For more information on the site, call (910) 458-5538 or visit the web site www.nchistoricsites.org/fisher/.  Fort Fisher State Historic Site is part of the Division of State Historic Sites in the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, which annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported  Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council, and the State Archives.
The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources serves as a champion for North Carolina’s creative industry, which employs nearly 300,000 North Carolinians and contributes more than $41 billion to the state’s economy.  To learn more, visit www.ncculture.com.
All Fort Fisher programming is made possible with the support of the Friends of Fort Fisher, the non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing this national treasure, and sustaining members: Troy and Lori Barbour, Mike McCarley, Tammy and Jack Moore, Brian and Deedra Nunnally, Jim and Catherine Taylor, Ernest Kniffen, Dr. Edward Halloran, and Patrick O. McCullough. 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 bombardments, the fort fell to a combined Union amphibious assault on January 15, 1865. With the capture of Fort Fisher, the South’s vital shipping port of Wilmington was closed and the war ended less than 90 days later.

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