Fort Fisher

Fort Fisher
Fort Fisher, NE Bastion. Frank Vizetelly (National Geographic)

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Fort Fisher Commemorates 149th Anniversary-- Part 2

A new exhibit will also be opened that day titled "An Eminent Work of Justice and Charity." It contains a Jewett Patent Leg, one of only three known to exist. Civil War surgeons performed huge numbers of amputations which left many soldiers with just one leg. These were of great help and a great improvement over prior ones. //// Civil War authors will also be on hand to talk about their books and sign autographs. In conjunction with the exhibit, Ansley Wegner, author of "Phantom Pain: North Carolina's Artificial Limb Program for Confederate Veterans," will also be there. Richard Triebe's new book concerns the fate of North Carolina troops captured at the battle and sent to the infamous Elmira prison in New York (often referred to as "Helmira" for its horrible conditions. His book is titled "From Fort Fisher to Elmira and Fort Fisher: A Roster 1864-1865." Author Michael Hardy, who writes extensively about North Carolina in the war will also be there. //// I was, however, surprised to see that Chris Fonvielle, noted Fort Fisher and Wilmington author and who just published a new book "Faces of Fort Fisher: 1861-1864" was not listed as attending. //// Old B-R'er

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