Fort Fisher

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

Monday, January 6, 2014

New Book on Fort Fisher

From the December 21, 2013, Wilmington (NC) Star-News "Bookmarks: New look at Fort Fisher in 'Faces'" by Ben Steelman. //// The new book, "Faces of Fort Fisher: 1861-1864" by Chris E. Fonvielle Jr is printed by SlapDash Publishing of Carolina Beach, NC, and costs $39.99. It brings together period photographs and newspaper engravings and tells the stories of some of the key people of the fort. //// Sadly, no pictures are known to have been taken while the fort was in Confederate hands. All we have are the ones taken by photographer T.H. O'Sullivan who visited and took many a few weeks after the fort's capture January 15, 1865. //// There are also fanciful color engravings from an 1864 issue of the Illustrated London News. Also, soldiers in the fort had pictures of themselves taken. //// There are also segments on blockade-runner John Newland Maffitt and Confederate spy Rose O'Neal Greenhow as well as Daisy and William Lamb, the fort's commander. //// Another volume is planned. //// Of great interest to us Britt's Donut (in Carolina Beach, NC) fans, SlapDash is also coming out with an illustrated history of that venerable institution on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. //// We Can Always Use Another Book On Fort Fisher and Wilmington During the War. (Not to mention BRITT'S!!!) --Old B-R'er

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