January Meeting: Jamie Martinez Speaks on Conscripts who Built Fort Fisher

January Meeting
Monday, January 20, 2020
7:30 PM

The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, January 20 at 7:30 pm at the Federal Point History Center, 1121-A North Lake Park Blvd., adjacent to Carolina Beach Town Hall.

Dr. Jamie Martinez will speak about the impressment of privately owned slaves and Native Americans to work on the building of Fort Fisher. Under policies instituted by the Confederacy, white Virginians and North Carolinians, surrendered control over portions of their slave populations to state authorities, military officials, and the national government to defend their new nation.

State and local officials cooperated with the Confederate War Department and Engineer Bureau, as well as individual generals, to ensure a supply of slave labor on fortifications.

Dr. Jamie Martinez is an Associate Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, where she teaches classes on the US Civil War, Antebellum America, African American History, Historical Methods, and general US History. Her research focuses on the Civil War.

Her first book, Confederate Slave Impressment in the Upper South, was published in 2013. She also coordinates an event series called Perspectives on the Civil War Era, typically, hosting one guest speaker each year, plus other programs like concerts and presentations featuring students and faculty.

When she’s not busy in the History Department, she likes to head over to the Music Department to sing in the choir and sometimes plays recorder with the Early Musick Ensemble. She also sings, plays handbells, and directs the children’s music program at her church.