Fort Fisher to Host “Information Technology: Communications in the Civil War”

KURE BEACH, NC July 31, 2013 — Have you ever wondered how Civil War soldiers communicated without such modern marvels as cell phones, satellite phones, and sophisticated wireless networks? Come find out on Saturday, August 10, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., as Fort Fisher State Historic Site presents ‘Information Technology: Communications in the Civil War.’


Visitors can explore the movement of vital information through the use of signal flags, cipher disks, and other 19th century code systems. At 11 a.m., Joy W. Sparrow will discuss editing the book, Sparrow’s Nest of Letters, a fascinating collection of letters and diary entries highlighting the lives of a Civil War family with ties to North Carolina. Noted historian and author Richard Triebe will be on hand to sign and sell copies of his books. The program will also feature walking tours, kid’s activities, and firings of the site’s massive 32-pounder cannon. Admission is free, although donations are appreciated. All programming is made possible by the Friends of Fort Fisher, the nonprofit organization that supports the site. Program components are subject to change.

Fort Fisher, the largest earthen fortification in the Confederacy, once protected the port of Wilmington and the vital blockade running trade on the Cape Fear River. After two massive bombardments, the fort fell to a combined Union amphibious assault on January 15, 1865. With the capture of Fort Fisher, the South’s vital shipping port of Wilmington was closed and the days of the Confederacy were numbered.

Fort Fisher State Historic Site is located at 1610 Fort Fisher Blvd S, Kure Beach, N.C. 28449.  For more information on the site, call (910) 458-5538 or visit the web site  Fort Fisher State Historic Site is part of the Division of State Historic Sites in the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

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