One Shovelful at a Time
— Confederate Lifeline —In 1861-1862, Col. William Lamb and Maj. John Hedrickconstructed Fort Anderson, one of several Confederatestrongholds that protected Wilmington, a major blockade-running port. They enlarged Fort St. Philip (for St. Philip's Anglican Church on your right), an earthen wall with gun emplacements that extended from the ruin to the Cape Fear River and renamed it Fort Anderson. Although Lamb had no engineering experience, he applied to the building of fortifications what engineers had learned during the Crimean War (1854-1856). In July 1862, he assumed command of Fort Fisher downstream and transformed it into the world's largest earthwork. There, as here at Fort Anderson, slaves and Indians moved the dirt and sand one shovelful at a time. Closer to the river here,you can see the massive artillery emplacements that mounted nine seacoast cannons, while movable field artillery pieces were positioned in this area. Large underground chambers sheltered the garrison and the volatile black powder supply during bombardments.
|Series||This marker is part of the North Carolina Civil War Trails series|
|Placed By||North Carolina Civil War Trails|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at 9:42am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 227996 N 3770446|
|Decimal Degrees||34.03945000, -77.94630000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 34° 2.367', W 77° 56.778'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||34° 2' 22.02" N, 77° 56' 46.68" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 8884 Brunswick Town Fort Anderson, Winnabow NC 28479, US|
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