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Fort Fisher celebrates 153rd anniversary of the Second Battle of Fort Fisher

living history program on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. The program is free and open to the public. (Port City Daily photo/COURTESY FORT FISHER)
To commemorate the 153rd anniversary of the Second Battle of Fort Fisher, the site will host a living history program on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. The program is free and open to the public. (Port City Daily photo / COURTESY FORT FISHER)

KURE BEACH — To celebrate the 153rd Second Battle of Fort Fisher the Fort Fisher State Historic Site will host the program “Exploding shells and a blaze of muskery.”

“Outside the museum, re-enactors dressed in period garb will bring history to life
as they discuss camp life, garrison duty, and conduct the manual of arms. The program will also feature large and small artillery firings throughout the day, including the site’s 32- pounder rifled and banded cannon,” according to a Fort Fisher press release.

The Masonboro Parlor will provide 19th century music for guests, and photographer Harry Taylor will offer demonstrations in wet-plate photography.

There will be two programs held at the site’s auditorium, at 12:30 p.m. Dr. Keith Holland will tell the history of the Maple Leaf, a Union troop transport ship that sank in 1864.

At 2:30 p.m., following the presentation on the Maple Leaf, the NC Division of State Historic Sites and Properties Director Keith Hardison will present “Confederate Commander: The Military Qualifications of Jefferson Davis.”

The event takes place Jan. 13 at Fort Fisher and is open to the public. Fort Fisher is located 1610 Fort Fisher Blvd.

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