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Ft. Fisher UDC Honors Author Richard Triebe

At their Confederate Memorial Day Ceremony, the Fort Fisher #2325 Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy presented their quest speaker, Richard H. Triebe with the Jefferson Davis Gold Metal. This high honor was for his book, “Fort Fisher to Elmira” about the confederate soldiers who were taken prisoner after the second Battle at Fort Fisher and sent to the Elmira, NY prison camp. This prestigious award is based on Mr. Triebe’s historical research and writing. Flowers were laid at the grave of the unknown Confederate Soldier buried at the base of the UDC Monument at the Battle Acre on the Fort Fisher Site by the UDC Ladies dressed in period “Mourning Black” dresses. A small Second National Confederate Flag was plowed on his grave by the Fort Fisher #2325 President, Mrs. Patricia Gray W. Bolander. Wreaths were presented by the UDC Chapters: Fort Fisher #2325 by Chaplin Ms. Gayle Tabor, Cape Fear #3 by Mrs. Donald Watson, President and Blockade Runner #2428 by Ms. Millie Elledge; Fort Fisher by Jim Steele, Site Manager; Friends of Fort Fisher by Paul Laird; Gen. William MacRae Camp #2063 by Commander Jeff Melton.
As a final tribute to Mr. Triebe, Mr. Pail Laird presented a framed piece of wood taken from one of the original barracks at Elmira along with a document of authenticity.