As bad as the sand and insects were, there were several good things about being stationed at Fort Fisher. off duty, the garrison could go swimming in the ocean or river, fishing and plentiful clams and oysters.
Chris Fonvielle quotes William A. Burgess of Co. A, 40th North Carolina (3rd N.C. Artillery) in a letter to his parents, "We fare a grate deel better than the soldiers in other parts of the Confederacy."
Troops who got leave could go to Wilmington where there were plenty of folks ready to take their money. However, the leaves to Wilmington became increasingly hard to get after the appearance of yellow fever there in 1862
Scott Nunn says he will next write about the "notorious General Braxton Bragg, replacing Whiting as Wilmington's commander. (However, i have used up my "free" articles to the Wilmington Star-News, so most likely won't write about Bragg.)