by Elaine Henson
Since this month marks the 150th anniversary of the fall of Fort Fisher, I chose cards that depict the battle and its site.
As always, my good friend and FPHPS member, Dr. Chris Fonvielle, was my consultant on these and most any question I might have on the Civil War.
Naval bombardment of Fort Fisher
This card shows the naval bombardment of Fort Fisher. [Click image for hi-res]
At the far left on the horizon, you can see the Mound Battery.
According to Dr. Fonvielle, this image was taken from a drawing by T. F. Laycock and produced as a lithograph by Endicott of New York, NY.
On the bottom left, C.W. Yates was a Wilmington photographer who owned a shop on Market Street where he sold his work and that of others, stationary, post cards and office supplies.
Northeast Bastion – Fort Fisher
This white border card, postmarked in 1924, shows the Northeast Bastion where the sea and land faces met. On January 15, 1865 the fort was attacked from the ocean side by U.S. Naval forces.
Under the leadership of Colonel William Lamb and General W.H.C. Whiting, 500 Confederate soldiers actually turned back the 2,000 sailors and Marines. At the same time 4,700 Union soldiers attacked from the land face and ultimately prevailed resulting in the surrender of the fort.
Last month I shared a post card of Carolina Beach Presbyterian Church when it was on Charlotte Avenue. The first service in this building was held on March 17, 1946. The church’s web site has a link to their history under “About Us/History”. It is very interesting; check it out at www.cbpresby.com