Fort Fisher Soldier’s Garden

September Meeting Monday, September16, 2013 7:30 PM

The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, September 16, 7:30 pm at the Federal Point History Center, 1121-A North Lake Park Blvd., adjacent to Carolina Beach Town Hall.

Our speaker this month is John Moseley who is the Assistant Site Manager at Fort Fisher State Historic Site. Though over the last nearly 150 years, much has been written concerning the stories and the accounts of the men who were here in action during the first or second attacks, often the everyday lives of the men outside of those two battles gets overlooked.

This month’s program will focus on one of the overlooked aspects of the garrison’s life at Fort Fisher – the soldier’s garden. At the State Historic Site staff have been investigating the gardens used by the soldier’s to supplement their rations.

A sample garden has been planted to interpret this aspect of “everyday life at the Fort. Understanding of the soldier’s gardens, while a small part of the larger picture, helps us understand the issues facing the men serving here at Fort Fisher. It also grants us a view of Major General Whiting and his efforts to improve the defenses in the Cape Fear area.

John received his undergraduate degree from The Citadel in Charleston, SC and his Master’s Degree in History at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In 2003, John was named North Carolina’s James Madison Fellow.

He moved to this area in 2006 teaching 7th and 8th grade history focusing on US and North Carolina History as well as American Government. In the past 2 years working at Fort Fisher, John has done every job from scrubbing toilets to handling school group visits to working on the site’s cannons.