** The new commander, Col. William Lamb was a lawyer and newspaper editor from Norfolk, Virginia. Dashing and energetic, he transformed Fort Fisher into the war's largest single earthwork.
** The fort resembled an upside-down inverse number seven or letter "L". It was anchored at the south end by the 60-foot high "Mound Battery."
** The fort's two plant-sodden sand and dirt walled sections intersected in a right angle at what was called the "Northeast Bastion."
** The walls were 12 feet high, punctuated by higher 30-foot tall traverses making the walls appear "bumpy" in linear profile."
** The walls were 20-feet thick. Thick enough to absorb any shell explosion. Beneath each traverse was a dugout bombproof.
** The length of the walls was essentially a half mile on te land side and a mile on the sea side.
Just to Give You An idea of the Magnitude (and All Hand-Dug)--Old B-Runner