BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – The Civil War ended more than 150 years ago, but we're still learning more details about how the Cape Fear area played a part in the war.
Fort Anderson in Brunswick County is being surveyed by experts, to learn more about the troops who built it and how they lived and worked.
The last time that a detailed survey of Fort Anderson was done was back in 1865 after the Civil War. Back then, the surveying methods were primitive. Now, local surveyors and engineers are doing their own study, learning more than ever, and are ready to share their new findings with the public.
Paul Shivers, a Project Manager from Highfill Infrastructure in Wilmington has been working on a hyper detailed survey of the existing fortification of Fort Anderson since 2012.
For the past year and a half, Shivers and his team have been trying to determine the different methods of construction that confederate troops used in the civil war and how the soldiers lived and worked on a daily basis. Shivers hopes to complete a 3-D computer model of the site, and he's doing it all as a volunteer.
"Just to be a part of it and to come help and we are all volunteers, I have such a personal interest to learn for myself," said Shivers. "And I get to then share my findings with the public."
The study area is approximately 1.5 miles. When complete, the team plans to draw a detailed map and compare their findings to the original study in 1865.
"This is a jewel historic site in the Cape Fear region," said Shivers. "It's a resource that has not only Civil War but Colonial War history and there's so much of it at this one site."
Shivers said the survey is approximately 70% complete and right now there is no timetable on when it will be finished.
Fort Anderson is hosting the first of four public information sessions this Saturday, to release details of the design and construction findings to the community.
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