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148th Anniversary of the Battle of Ft. Fisher Draws Huge Crowds

Hundreds came out to Kure Beach this past weekend  to commemorate the 148th anniversary of the Battle of Fort Fisher.  Fort Fisher State Historic Site hosted “Sheppard's Battery: Confederates Defending the Left Flank,” a living history program that focused on the Confederate defenders at Sheppard’s Battery and at the fort’s “Bloody Gate.”
Civil War re-enactors set up displays of camp life and talked with visitors about the life of the Confederate infantry and artillery troops during the January 1865 campaign. Throughout the day, infantry and artillery units conducted drills and firing demonstrations, including the site’s rifled and banded 32 pound cannon atop Sheppard’s Battery.
Speakers included local historian Ernie Kniffen, who discussed new findings on his extensive research of Confederate sailors and Marines. Author Richard Triebe signed books and discussed NC troops who were captured at Fort Fisher and sent to a prison camp in Elmira, NY. Author, educator, and member of the Wilmington Railroad Museum board of trustees, James Burke, signed and promoted his book, “The Wilmington and Weldon Railroad in the Civil War.”
All Fort Fisher programming is made possible by the Friends of Fort Fisher and its sustaining members, Mike McCarley, Brian Nunnally, Ernie Kniffen, Tammy and Jack Moore, and Jim and Catherine Taylor. 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 Union infantry 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.  For more information, call (910) 458-5538 or visit the web site
Fort Fisher State Historic Site is part of the Division of State Historic Sites in the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, the state agency with the mission to enrich lives and communities, and the vision to harness the state’s cultural resources to build North Carolina’s social, cultural and economic future. Information is available 24/7 at