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Cape Fear Pride: Stories from Fort Fisher

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Ray Flowers is a tour guide at the Civil war historic site in Fort Fisher. Each day he delivers the emotional stories of the fort, stories of bravery, death and love. "I kind of refer to this as the Camelot of the confederacy. It is an incredible love story," Flowers said. It starts with a southern gentleman, Will Lamb, falling for northerner Sarah Chaffee. "Rather than being stricken with yellow fever young Lamb was smitten with love instead," Flowers said. The lovebirds married. When the Civil War started Col. Lamb was transferred to Fort Fisher. Despite the dangers his wife followed and lived in a small cottage. The couple had 11 children. "She was quite a pistol, I think. She certainly didn't have to be down here in this wilderness in this military post. She could have been much more comfortable in Ortin or Fort Anderson or Wilmington itself," Flowers said. She saw the battle of the fort on Christmas of 1864. "She said that she was quite brave but when the last shot was fired she said in one of her letters she said that she gave down to her feelings and wept," Flowers said. She even witnessed as the last stronghold of the confederacy fell one month later. "So she had a front row seat for this entire affair and she saw numerous blockade runners as they were fired upon and witness fighting as they contested the arrival or departure of blockade runners," Flowers said. Fort Fisher officials say one of the definitive battles in ending the Civil War was fought here during the Second Battle of Fort Fisher on January 13, 1865. "A fight to the finish, a faded hour, and I think the repercussions, the fact that when this fort folds Lee surrenders his army in less than 90 days bears out the importance of what's going on this river as far as blockade running," Flowers said. Years after the fall of Fort Fisher, Sarah died in her husband's arms from pneumonia. But because of ray flowers, their story lives on. Theirs is just one of many war time stories you can hear at Fort Fisher. The narrated walking tours are free. The tour takes about 45 minutes and is offered seven days a week in the summertime.

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