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Merchant, planter, and colonial official. Built this house, 1770-1771. His "Hermitage" estate was eight miles north.
One of North Carolina's three signers of the Declaration of Independence. Home was here.
Organizer & Sec.-Treas. of State Board of Health, 1877-1892. Founded N.C. Medical Journal in 1878. Home was 1 block west.
His Appeal, influential 1829 pamphlet, denounced slavery. A free black, he grew up in Wilmington; moved to Boston by 1825.
After the fall of Fort Fisher, the Armstrong gun became a war trophy and the focus of photographs and newspaper articles. Union soldiers, such as Captain Trickey of the 3rd New Hampshire, noted the "elegantly mounted Armstrong gun ? the carriage b…
The most effective gun in the fort. - Col. William Lamb, Fort Fisher commander
The Confederacy relied heavily on English artillery during the Civil War. A variety of English cannons, including Whitworths and Blakelys, were imported and used at …
Seacoast erosion, intensified by hurricanes and other major storms, has been a problem and controversial issue at Fort Fisher and elsewhere along the North Carolina coast for decades.
Erosion at Fort Fisher intensified after the 1930s. By 1968 …
Steam-powered blockade-runners, usually British, made 1,300 attempts to enter Southern ports with vital supplies during the Civil War. More than 1,000 of the trips succeeded.
The most successful vessels were specially built for the trade—…
Union troops briefly occupied Fort Fisher. Since then the only military activity here was training in World War II.
The Union fleet returned in January 1865 and fired another 20,000 shells in three days. Supported by this massive gunfire and a naval landing party, the U.S. Army captured the fort on January 15.