Fort Fisher

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

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Fort Fisher Observance This Weekend-- Part 1

From the December 16, 2014, Jacksonville (NC) Daily News "150 Years after Fort Fisher fight, the Civil War is big business" by Ben Steelman.

The official observance of the Second Battle of Fort Fisher and its capture will be observed this weekend, January 17-18.  .  It is titled "Nor Shall Your Glory Be Forgot."  This is a line from Theodore O'Hara's poem "The Bivouac of the Dead."

More than 300 re-enactors will be on hand.  Some 7,500 visitors came to the 145th anniversary and between 10,000 to 15,000 are expected for the sesquicentennial.

Outside of southeastern North Carolina, Fort Fisher has "sometimes seemed like one of the Civil War's best kept secrets."  Pick up a Civil War textbook or history and you usually will find no mention of the fort.  Ken Burns in his"Civil War" mini series on PBS summed the battle and importance up in barely a sentence.  And, there was no mention whatsoever in his accompanying book.

--Old B-Runner

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