From the July 24, 2017, Wilmington (N.C.) Star-News "'Jr. Reserves' to rally at Fort Fisher."
North Carolina needed more troops in the waning years of the Civil War and raised several companies of young boys, referred to as the Junior Reserves. They were no more than age 17 and usually assigned to guard key military points.
The Fort Fisher State Historic Site will hold a Junior Reserves program and encampment this weekend, July 29-30 and will have plenty of family-friendly activities. Admission is free.
There will be musket demonstrations, artillery firing, a "paint a toy soldier" workshop and a "School of the Soldier" to give young "recruits" a taste of drilling. re-enactors will be on site dressed in period attire to tell the story of the Junior reserve units, several of which were stationed at Fort Fisher.
The times of this will be Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m..
This program is made possible through the support of the Friends of Fort Fisher, New Hanover County and the towns of Carolina Beach and Kure Beach.