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Historic Site Commemorates 149th Anniversary of the Battle of Fort Fisher

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This past Saturday, January 18, 2014 despite chilly temperatures hundreds attained the Fort Fisher State Historic Site commemoration of the 149th anniversary of the Battle of Fort Fisher with a living history program, "Always near the front, with instruments and tourniquets: The Medical Service at Fort Fisher." The free program focused on medical and health care available to soldiers on both sides of the 1865 battle. Civil War re-enactors set up displays and discussed period medical tools and the care of sick and wounded soldiers. Infantry units conducted the manual of arms and participated in multiple firing demonstrations, as well as talk about camp life and garrison duty. Artillery units conducted
Ansley Wegner, author of Phantom Pain: North Carolina's Artificial Limb Program for Confederate Veterans, talked about North Carolina's Artificial Limb program after the Civil War. Author Richard Triebe talked about the North Carolina Troops who were captured at Fort Fisher and sent to the Prisoner of War camp in Elmira, New York and their struggles to survive. He also was available to sign copies of his book From Fort Fisher to Elmira and Confederate Fort Fisher: A Roster 1864-1865. Also participating in the book signing was noted Civil War author and historian  Michael Hardy.
Fort Fisher State Historic Site also be dedicated a special new exhibit called "An Eminent Work of Justice and Charity." This exhibit contains only the third Jewett Patent Leg known to be in existence. It also includes information about caring for amputees after the war and what was done to heal both their physical and mental wounds.
All Fort Fisher programming is made possible by the Friends of Fort Fisher and its sustaining members:Troy and Lori Barbour, Mike McCarley, Tammy and Jack Moore, Brian and Deedra Nunnally and Jim and Catherine Taylor. 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/