January 1, 2011

"Glory Enough for All": 146th Anniversary of Fort Fisher January 15th

Press Release, Kure Beach, N.C.:
The year 2011 marks the 146th Anniversary of the end of the Civil War. To commemorate the Second Battle of Fort Fisher (the largest land-sea battle of the Civil War), the Fort Fisher State Historic Site will stage "Glory Enough for All," an all-day event on Saturday, January 15, 2011 beginning at 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The program will focus on post-war reunions and efforts to memorialize the battle. The event will also serve as the kickoff for the sesquicentennial (150th) commemoration of the Civil War in North Carolina.

"Glory Enough for All" will include guest speakers, panel discussions, guided battle walks of the remaining earthworks (tickets available for $5 per person), and thematic tours, including a one-day-only special tour of Battle Acre and the United Daughters of the Confederacy monument that was placed at that location in the 1930s.

Artillery demonstrations will kick off the sesquicentennial with a bang. Throughout the day re-enactors in period costume will bring history to life with Confederate artillery demonstrations, including the site's 32-pound heavy artillery piece, and Union infantry impressions, with small arms firings. Special guests include Eric Kozen of Oakdale Cemetery, Bill Jayne of the Wilmington Federal Cemetery, and historian Josh Howard who will talk about the North Carolina Civil War Death Study which will be ongoing through 2015, the year that marks the end of the Civil War sesquicentennial. The program is free and open to the public. However, tickets are required for the battle walks, a portion of which will be on the historic earthworks, normally inaccessible to visitors. Battle walk tickets ($5 each) go on sale Monday, January 10, 2011. Only 150 tickets will be sold, so plan to get yours early.

"Glory Enough for All" affords visitors a great opportunity to learn more about local history and Fort Fisher's role in the Civil War. Visitors, residents, and motorists are advised of loud explosions during cannon firings and artillery demonstrations. Please contact Fort Fisher State Historic Site for more details: 910-458-5538 or visit http://www.fortfisher.nchistoricsites.org/.

Before its fall in January 1865, Fort Fisher protected blockade-runners en route to Confederate Wilmington with war supplies. It was the largest and strongest earthen fort in the South. After two massive bombardments, the fort fell to a Union infantry assault on Jan. 15, 1865, and the port was closed to foreign trade. The Fort Fisher State Historic Site is located in Kure Beach, just 20 miles south of Wilmington, N.C. at 1610 Fort Fisher Blvd. S., along US Highway 421 South.

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