“Mine Games: Torpedo Warfare in the Cape Fear” at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson August 10


WINNABOW, NC July 31, 2013 – “Infernal Machines” were introduced into warfare by Confederate forces during the Civil War. A program on this innovation, which we now call torpedoes, will be presented at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site Aug. 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free program “Mine Games: Torpedo Warfare in the Cape Fear,” is the final of the 2nd┬áSaturdays summer programs organized by the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources at historic sites and museums statewide. Information is online at www.2ndSaturdaysnc.com.

Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson

Visitors will learn about the role of obstructions and torpedoes during the Civil War and see examples of the weapons from the extensive display. There will be demonstrations throughout the day using a reproduction of the Wheatstone Exploder captured at Fort Anderson in February 1865. Small torpedoes will be detonated, and there will be artillery demonstrations by Adams’ Battery from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

The 2nd Saturdays programs bring authentic North Carolina experiences and great family recreation to 37 state historic sites, seven history museums and two art museums statewide. Partners include Our State Magazine, Carolina Parent and WUNC-TV.

 

Brunswick Town was settled in 1726 as a port town and the first permanent settlement on the Lower Cape Fear River, and was attacked by Spanish privateers in 1748. It was site of the Stamp Act Rebellion in 1766. Brunswick Town was partially burned by British troops in 1776 and abandoned by the end of the Revolutionary War. Confederate forces constructed Fort Anderson on part of the town in 1862.

 

Today Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson preserves and interprets the history of Brunswick Town and Fort Anderson. It is located at 8884 St. Phillips Road, SE in Winnabow. Take Interstate 40 east to Wilmington where the interstate becomes College Road. Then take U.S. 17/74 south/west through Wilmington to the Southport/Leland exit. Take this exit and follow N.C. 133 south for approximately 17 miles and follow the signs to Brunswick Town. From Southport take N.C. 133 north approximately 15 miles to the site.

 

For additional information, please call (910) 371-6613 or visit http://www.nchistoricsites.org/brunswic/, or email brunswick@ncdcr.gov. Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson is part of the Division of State Historic Sites within the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

 

 

About the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDCR’s mission is to enrich lives and communities by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state’s history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella.

Through arts efforts led by the N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony and the N.C. Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and spurring the economic stimulus engine for our state’s communities. NCDCR’s Divisions of Archives and Records, Historical Resources, State Historic Sites and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage to offer experiences of learning and reflection. NCDCR’s State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state to develop and to offer access to educational resources through traditional and online collections including genealogy and resources for the blind and physically handicapped.

NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives. NCDCR champions our state’s creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit www.ncdcr.gov.