Fort Fisher

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

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Back Then: The Impending Attack on Fort Fisher-- Part 2: Battling the Sand

The fort's garrison's "biggest complaint seemed to be the ubiquitous beach sand that filled every nook and cranny."

Fonvielle wrote: "Ironically, the substance of which the fort was constructed-- sand--  also caused the troops serious discomfort.  Above all else, sand was a soldier's constant companion and his main source of discontentment at Fort Fisher.

"Sand was everywhere--  as far as your eye could see-- and the granules had a nasty way of getting into everything a soldier owned: his uniform, brogans, blanket, rifle musket and food.  There was no refuge from it. and it gave no mercy."

--Old B-R'er

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