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."