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History comes alive at Fort Fisher

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Thousands of people saw history come alive Saturday down in Kure Beach in celebration of the 146th anniversary of the 2nd battle for Fort Fisher.

Civil War historian, Jim McKee put the importance of the battle in perspective. “In 1864, Robert E. Lee, Commander of the Army of Northern Virginia, said that if Wilmington fell, he would not be able to maintain his army. And no more prophetic words were ever said.”

Visitor Dal Grewal and his family love to learn about the Civil War. “This was one of the last major battles of the Civil War. It kind of, closed up, sealed up the Confederacy because it was the last open port to fall. It kind of sealed the fate of the war. And it's in North Carolina, so it's great we can all come down here and watch it."

"It gives not just adults, but children, a totally new aspect of the war, and a totally new aspect of history. It brings history alive," said McKee.

Actress and musician Ann Ortiz played the banjo and spoke about the importance of music in the camps. "It was very important to try to get the mind off the battle for a while and be able to live a normal life outside of battle in the camps."

"You always get the casual remarks about Yankees and Rebels, but all in all, people come away from this with a very positive experience, and they come away with a whole new knowledge of events that happened 150 years ago,” McKee said.

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