The awesome power of Civil War artillery will be highlighted on Saturday, June 28, 2014, when Fort Fisher State Historic Site presents "Hot Waves of Fire and Smoke and Deadly Showers of Cast Iron: Artillery at Fort Fisher." This free program will be held from 10 am-4 pm and will feature periodic firings of the site's 32-pound seacoast rifled and banded cannon.
will also be teaching the field artillery drill using the site's
12-pound bronze Napoleon full scale reproduction cannon. Author Richard Triebe will sign and discuss his new book "Point Lookout Prison and Hospital." Rounding
out the day's activities will be costumed tours of the site's remaining
earthworks, as well as the opportunity for up to 25 visitors to go
"Above the Scenes," a special paid tour offered only at noon.
All Fort Fisher
programming is made possible with the support of the Friends of Fort
Fisher, the non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing this national
treasure, and sustaining members: Troy and Lori
Barbour, Mike McCarley, Tammy and Jack Moore, Brian and Deedra Nunnally,
Jim and Catherine Taylor, Ernest Kniffen, Dr. Edward Halloran, and
Patrick O. McCullough. Fort Fisher, the largest earthen
fortification in the Confederacy, once protected the port of Wilmington
and the vital blockade running trade on the Cape Fear River. After two
massive bombardments, the fort fell to a combined Union amphibious
assault on January 15, 1865. With the capture of Fort Fisher, the
South's vital shipping port of Wilmington was closed and the days of
the Confederacy were numbered.