Watch cannons fire and listen to historians during the 152nd anniversary of The Second Battle of Fort Fisher

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On Saturday, Jan. 14, Fort Fisher State Historic Site will host a living history program featuring Civil War reenactors, authors and historians, guided tours, kid’s activities, and cannon firings. Photo by Jerry Mann, courtesy of North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.
On Saturday, Jan. 14, Fort Fisher State Historic Site will host a living
history program featuring Civil War reenactors, authors and historians, guided tours, kid’s activities, and cannon firings. (Photo by Jerry Mann, courtesy of North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.)

KURE BEACH — The Fort Fisher State Historic Site will host its living history program this month to commemorate the 152nd anniversary of The Second Battle of Fort Fisher.

The living history program, “Desperate Bravery and Brilliant Valor: the 152nd Anniversary Commemoration of the Second Battle of Fort Fisher,” will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 14, according to a notice from the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Civil War re-enactors will bring history to life outside the visitor’s center during the event. Infantry units will discuss camp life and garrison duty, as well as conduct the manual of arms and firing demonstrations.

Artillery units will conduct drills and oversee periodic firings of the site’s rifled and banded 32-pounder cannon, the site’s bronze 12-pound Napoleon cannon, and a 12-pound Parrott Rifle.

The program will also feature guided tours, kid’s activities, and photographer Harry Taylor, who will demonstrate period photography with his 1860s traveling wet plate photography studio.

Rod Gragg, author of “Confederate Goliath: The Battle of Fort Fisher,” will be the program’s keynote speaker. He will speak at 11 a.m. Jan. 14, followed by historian and author Richard Triebe at 2:30 p.m. Both authors will be available to meet the public and sign copies of their books throughout the day. 

Fort Fisher was the largest earthen fortification in the Confederacy during the Civil War. It 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 Jan. 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. in Kure Beach, North Carolina. The site is one of 27 state historic sites that are part of the Division of State Historic Sites in the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. For more information about the state agency call 919-807-7300 or visit www.ncdcr.gov.