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150th Anniversary Battle of Fort Fisher Weekend – January 2015
Fort Fisher State Historic Site and Battlefield and the Friends of Fort Fisher host the commemoration of the Battle of Fort Fisher on January 17 and 18, 2015. The two-day observance leads North Carolina’s official 2015 commemoration of the momentous events that brought the Civil War to an end 150 years ago. Fort Fisher’s program will focus on the struggle to capture and defend the Confederacy’s largest fortification and “Gibraltar of the South” during the attack on January 15, 1865. After the world’s largest 3-day naval bombardment and army-navy-marine assault, the fall of Fort Fisher and the capture of Wilmington’s port and rail hub assured the end of the Civil War within 90 days.
The Observance weekend features recreations of the January 1865 Union attacks on Fort Fisher. Hundreds of re-enactors, representing Union and Confederate soldiers, sailors and marines, will encamp on the Historic Site property. Infantry units will be on hand to talk with visitors about camp life, garrison duty and conduct drills, marching and firing demonstrations. Artillery units will conduct drills and firing demonstrations consisting of Fort Fisher’s Rifled and Banded 32 pounder cannon and the Site’s bronze 12 pounder Napoleon cannon. At various times during the day, Confederate and Union Troops will conduct the soldier’s Manual of Arms for the audience. In addition, members of the modern US military will be on hand. The United States Marine Corps Historical Company will set up displays of muskets and Marine Corps history. Members of the Army National Guard will be representing the United States armed forces displaying equipment and exhibits. One of Saturday’s highlight is a special Commemoration Service featuring nationally known historian Ed Bearss, NC Governor Pat McCrory (invited), NC Secretary of Cultural Resources Susan Kluttz and other state dignitaries, music and the massing of the re-enactor troops.
There will be other activities on Saturday, as well. Inside the museum new temporary exhibits will be unveiled. Descendants of hero and Medal of Honor recipient Bruce Anderson will be present for the opening of a new exhibit featuring Anderson’s Medal of Honor and his image. Bruce Anderson was a member of Co. K., 142 NYVI and was the only African American to be awarded the MOH for valor at Fort Fisher. Also, recently acquired personal heirlooms belonging to Fort Fisher’s Confederate commander Col William Lamb and his wife Sarah (Daisy) Lamb will be featured in a new exhibit. Lamb family members will join us for opening this new exhibit. One of Fort Fisher’s famous original British made Whitworth breechloading cannon will also go on exhibit, a generous loan from the US Navy. Outside the museum, the Site will dedicate 16 new historical interpretive markers around the historic fort’s walking trail. Renowned period musicians The Huckleberry Brothers will be playing period music and talking about the important role of music in the Civil War. Tickets will be sold for the special “Above the Scenes” Tours where visitors can hear the story of the Fort from expert historians while walking to the top of the fort’s massive traverses. There will also be activities for children and adults to learn about many Civil War topics through hands-on activities and exhibits and demonstrations by the United States Marine Corps Historical Company. Six US Marines in action at Fort Fisher in 1865 were awarded the Medal of Honor for valor. Saturday evening, Fort Fisher State Historic Site will host lantern tours of the Fort featuring the story of the battle in the words of those who fought at the Fort. The tour will be capped off with the night firing of the big 32 pdr. rifled cannon in Shepherd’s Battery, site of the Federal army’s breakthrough. Admission to the weekend Anniversary Observance is free and plenty of off-site parking and shuttle service will be provided.
Anson County 17th Annual Big Game Hunt!!
The hunt dates again are Friday and Saturday, November 28-29, 2014.
The 2014 Title Sponsor is Buckshot Deer Processing. Banquet
Sponsor is Uwharrie Bank. Youth Sponsors are Dale McRae Farms and Four A Loader
Work. Gold Sponsors are Cobb-Vantress, Duke Energy Progress, NC Electric
Membership Co., Pee Dee Electric and Waste Connections. Silver Sponsors are
Carolina By-Products, Locust Lumber, Lynn Thomas Grading, Tyson Foods, Wesley
Holbert Taxidermy and Windstream. Bronze Sponsors are 704 Outdoors, Anson
Towing & Recovery, Backwoods Hog Hunters, Branch Banking & Trust, Clodfelter
Law Office, McCollum Trucking & Grading, PNC Bank, Take Aim Fire Range and Village
Pawn & Gun Shop . Daily Youth Sponsors are Dennis Concrete Finishing and Kiker
Resource Management, LLC.
Special Sponsor this year, Anson County Tourism Development Authority for funding for the Hunt Program Book.
The Anson County Chamber of Commerce offers monetary prizes for first, second, third, fourth and fifth places in buck and doe categories and first, second, third and fourth places in the youth buck and doe categories. Door prizes will be given away during the annual banquet on Saturday, November 29, at the Ansonville Vol. Fire Department.
For more tournament information, call the Anson County Chamber of Commerce at 704-694- 4181 or visit www.ansoncounty.org for tournament rules and a printable entry form.
Registration Sites 2014:
Allen's Restaurant (Peachland), Anson County Chamber of
Commerce (Wadesboro), Barnyard BBQ (Peachland), Buckshot Deer Processing
(Monroe), H.W. Little & Co (Wadesboro), Scotty's Bait &
Tackle (Lilesville), Glen's Bait & Tackle (Rockingham), Take Aim Fire Range
(Monroe), Village Pawn & Gun Shop (Wadesboro).
Be sure to register so you won’t miss your chance at winning
prize money. Don’t forget to bring the family and join us at the
banquet on Saturday night for great food, door prizes, raffle drawings and
more. Top prize on the raffle ticket this year will be a Henry Big Boy .357 Mag
Lever Action Rifle. Have a safe hunting season and we will see you in November
at the hunt!
Click here for more information
Fort Fisher and its defense of the port of Wilmington, North Carolina played a critical role in the Civil War. The Veterans who manned the Union naval blockade or Confederate coastal defenses, sailed on the Blockade Runners, fought in the two campaigns to capture Fort Fisher and the Wilmington port and rail hub, did their duty despite tremendous adversity and their stories are an important part of our Nation’s history. The 150th Anniversary of the Battles at Fort Fisher and the subsequent campaign to capture the Port of Wilmington, North Carolina will be commemorated in January 2015. North Carolina’s Fort Fisher State Historic Site and the Friends of Fort Fisher have created a database of descendants of those veterans, Union and Confederate, in order to provide information on the commemorative anniversary events and to investigate interest in conducting a Descendants Reunion as a prelude to the Anniversary events.
If you had an ancestor who participated in the building of the Fort and defenses along the Cape Fear River, was part of the Union Navy Blockade, ran the blockade, or was part of the December 1864 and January 1865 battles for Fort Fisher, follow-up operations to control the Cape Fear River, or the capture and occupation of Wilmington, please let us know. Please click the link below to fill out the form to submit your information:
Broadway & More Series
American Big Band: Home for the Holidays - Nov 21
Million Dollar Quartet - Jan 15
NC Symphony - March 21
Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy: Visions from Cape Breton - March 24
The Great Gatsby - April 25
Michael Ian Black, comedian – Oct 24
Mamma Mia! - Nov 13
Some of North Carolina’s greatest treasures can be found off the beaten path. You never know what you might find... an old-time general store, local artisan, or simply a picturesque view that takes your breath away. You’ll be swept away by the untouched natural landscape found on the backroads of this rural county.
In Anson County, you can discover all that and more. Come. Visit. Surround yourself with the beauty of North Carolina’s best kept secret.
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