Reported by Bob Townsend - bio|email Posted by Debra Worley - email
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Thousands of people will convene on a tiny piece of land in southern New Hanover County to watch a reenactment of a battle that helped bring the Civil War to an end.
Thousands of men and women lost their lives during the War Between The States, which lasted four years.
Several major battles of the war took place in the Carolinas, including the start of the war at Fort Sumter, South Carolina, but it was the battle in January of 1865 in New Hanover County that virtually ended the fighting.
Now, 145 years later, the Fort Fisher Historic Site is quiet, unlike it was during the war, when the ground was shaking as Union ships fired tons of artillery shells on the fort.
There were two major fights at Fort Fisher - the first assault in late December, 1864, and the second assault on January 15, 1865.
To end the war, Union forces had to cut off a major supply line from Fort Fisher to Wilmington to General Robert E Lee's troops in Virginia.
After the fall of Fort Fisher and Fort Anderson, just up the river, the trading route towards Wilmington was cut. February 22nd, the Union occupied Wilmington.
The war officially ended in North Carolina when General Johnston surrendered to General Sherman and in Virginia, when General Lee surrendered to General Grant.
This weekend, the staff at Fort Fisher will remember the battle with special events both Saturday and Sunday.
They will have a battle scenario at 1:30 Saturday afternoon and 2:00 Sunday afternoon. Additionally, there will be a program Saturday night at 7:30. Tickets are required for the tours, but the firing Saturday night is free.
If you are unable to attend the events this weekend, the State Historic Site is open year for visitors to enjoy the museum, see artifacts removed from the site, relieve the battle and stroll the remaining ten percent of the fort that was called the Confederate Goliath.
It will also give you a better insight on how this little stretch of land in southern New Hanover County played such in vital role in ending the war that pitted brother against brother and helped heal the wounds that divided our country.