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Fort Fisher, Maritime Museum at
Southport and Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson Seek Volunteers For Park
28, 2013 - Southport, NC - Nearly 150 years after the
final shots of the Civil War were fired, a new wave of
volunteers will descend on America's battlefields - only
these dedicated troops will wield paint brushes, trash
bags and hammers in the line of duty.
On Saturday, April 6, history buffs and preservationists
from around the country will team up with the Civil War
Trust to help clean and restore America's priceless
battlefields, cemeteries and shrines. Park Day is the
nationwide volunteer effort created by the Civil War
Trust, underwritten with a grant from History and
endorsed by Take Pride in America, a division of the
U.S. Department of the Interior.
Park Day at Fort Fisher will enlist volunteers and site
staff to beautify and preserve this historic site.
Volunteers aged 10 and up, of all ability levels, are
encouraged to participate. Volunteers will be treated to
lunch provided by the Friends of Fort Fisher, the
non-profit group which helps support the site along with
its sustaining members-Mike McCarley, Brian Nunnally,
Ernie Kniffen, Tammy and Jack Moore, and Jim and
Catherine Taylor. To help, please call (910) 458-5538.
Maritime Museum at Southport needs volunteers
to help clean up the Civil War fortification along the
Cape Fear River. Additional volunteers are needed to
help clean out shrub beds and paint the Museum doors and
trim. No special skills are needed, just a desire to
help the community and the Museum. The work will begin
at 9 a.m. and tools will be provided. Individuals should
supply their own gloves, sunscreen and insect repellent.
The work can get messy, so volunteers are encouraged to
wear clothing and closed-toe shoes that can get muddy.
Participants will receive a t-shirt, a badge and a hot
dog lunch for their efforts. To volunteer or for more
information, contact Sharon Venis at (910) 457-0003.
Park Day at
Anderson State Historic Site hopes to finish
clearing brush from the front of Battery B. It is
requested that volunteers muster at the Visitor Center
by 8:30 to commence work at 9 a.m. Work will continue
until early afternoon. Survivors will be treated to the
new information concerning the construction and purpose
of the curtains and traverses between batteries A & B.
They will also get a full update on the Gun Emplacement
project and guided tours of their choice. Please contact
Jim McKee at 910-371-6613 or Jim McKee for more
information or to volunteer.
Now in its 17th year, the annual hands-on preservation
event comprises more than 100 sites in 24 states.
Volunteers will participate in activities ranging from
trash removal to trail building, while learning more
about each site from local experts. In exchange for
their effort, volunteers receive t-shirts or patches.
Individuals of all ages and ability levels are welcome,
and many activities are appropriate for groups, like
scout troops or corporate outings.
The Civil War Trust is the largest nonprofit battlefield
preservation organization in the United States. Its
mission is to preserve our nation's endangered Civil War
battlefields and to promote appreciation of these
hallowed grounds. To date, the Trust has preserved more
than 35,000 acres of battlefield land in 20 states.
Until the last few months of the Civil War, Fort Fisher
kept North Carolina's port of Wilmington open to
blockade runners supplying necessary goods to
Confederate armies inland. By 1865, the supply line
through Wilmington was the last remaining supply route
open to Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. When
Ft. Fisher fell after a massive Federal amphibious
assault on January 15, 1865, its defeat helped seal the
fate of the Confederacy.
The N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport tells the story of
the Cape Fear region and its people. The museum is at
the intersection of the mighty Cape Fear River and the
vast Atlantic Ocean. It shares tales of pirates and
pillage, blockade running and riverfront archaeology,
and other nautical adventures. Ongoing educational
programs for children and adults about this area that
was a haven for blockade runners and also a pirate
hideout are available.
A major pre-Revolutionary port on North Carolina's Cape
Fear River, Brunswick was razed by British troops in
1776 and never rebuilt. During the Civil War, Fort
Anderson was constructed atop the old village site, and
served as part of the Cape Fear River defenses below
Wilmington before the fall of the Confederacy. Colonial
foundations dot the present-day tour trail, which
crosses the earthworks of the Confederate fort.
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