This year marks the 144th anniversary of the end of the civil war, and hundreds gathered at Fort Fisher on Saturday to learn more about its place in history. Fort Fisher relives the historic battle here only here once a year, but this facility is here year round and the history is rich. Re-enactor Willie James explained, "Fort Fisher was the last major stronghold, sea-port that was open to the confederacy. Fort Fisher was really important to the confederacy because ammunition, guns, food anything that the south needed came thought this port right here. It didn't take to long after Fort Fisher fell, a couple months Appomattox took place and Lee had to surrender." Mr. James noted, “Wilmington is a great place and there is a lot of history here that people pass by that they don't even know what's there." Re-enactments at Fort Fisher are part of educational programs to give visitors a chance to learn more about our local history and the role Fort Fisher played in the Civil War.
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