Fort Fisher to host Civil War artillery program

KURE BEACH — Fort Fisher’s Civil War history will come alive on Saturday, June 25, when the site hosts the summer artillery program “Fire, Smoke, and Deadly Showers of Cast Iron: Artillery at Fort Fisher” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The program will feature period firings of field artillery pieces, including the site’s 12-pound bronze Napoleon reproduction cannon. Costumed interpreters will be on hand to interpret the drill and military equipment used during the battles of December 1864 and January 1865. Rounding out the day’s activities will be costumed tours of the fort’s remaining earthworks, as well as two special paid tours. At 2 p.m., historian Cliff Tyndall will discuss the home front in eastern North Carolina during the Civil War.

The artillery program is free and open to the public.

Program components are subject to change. All Fort Fisher programming is made possible by support from the Friends of Fort Fisher and its sustaining members Troy and Lori Barbour, Mike McCarley, Brian and Deedra Nunnally, Jim and Catherine Taylor, Forrest Goodman, Jr., and Wilson Grab, as well as New Hanover County, the town of Carolina Beach, and the town of Kure Beach. Fort Fisher, the largest earthen fortification in the Confederacy, once protected the port of Wilmington and the vital blockade running trade on the Cape Fear River. After two massive naval bombardments the fort fell to a Union assault on January 15, 1865. With the capture of Fort Fisher, Wilmington’s port – “the Lifeline of the Confederacy” – was closed to foreign trade. Fort Fisher State Historic Site is located at 1610 Fort Fisher Blvd S, Kure Beach, N.C. 28449.

Fort Fisher State Historic Site is part of the Division of State Historic Sites in the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR), the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDNCR’s mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state’s history, conserving the state’s natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.

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