Society Notes – March, 2020



Medium – X-Large $18.00
XX-Large $20.00







New Exhibit at
Fort Fisher State Historic Site

African Americans have been a part of the Fort Fisher story from the beginning: from the free and enslaved men who helped build the fortress, work the camps, and assist white Confederates in battle, to the U.S. Colored Troops who helped bring about the fall of Fort Fisher and the port it protected, and further to the live-fire anti-aircraft trainees stationed here during WWII.

Fort Fisher’s newest exhibit “From Slave to Soldier, Free a Man” the African American Experience at Fort Fisher, highlights African Americans’ role in Fort Fisher’s story. The exhibit is now open to the public in the Visitors Center. We invite you to take a look!




Glory at Wilmington: The Battle of Forks Road
by Chris E. Fonvielle Jr.
82 pp., 6″ x 9″, paperback.
ISBN: 978-0-9984115-4-5

Elements of Union and Confederate armies fought the Battle of Forks Road, February 20-21, 1865, for possession of Wilmington, North Carolina, the South’s main seaport and most important city. Southern soldiers, commanded by Maj. Gen. Robert F. Hoke, made one last stand in an effort to halt the Union army’s determined advance.

United States Colored Troops, commanded by Brig. Gen. Charles J. Paine, were the principal combatants for the Union in the Battle of Forks Road. The victors would control Wilmington, the Cape Fear River, and three railroads, all crucial to final military operations in North Carolina during the Civil War.

Society Notes

By Darlene Bright, History Center Director 

  • The History Center recorded 101 visitors in February. There were 45 people at the February meeting.
  • The History Center was used by the Got-Em-On Live Bait Club, the UDC, the Joseph Ryder Lewis, Jr. Civil War Park Committee, and the Carolina Beach Walk of Fame Committee.
  • Welcome to new members: John and Betsy Morris of Kure Beach, Mark and Lisa Troyer of Durham, NC, Micky Gonzales of Carolina Beach, Peter and Laurie Tollens of Wake Forest, Elsa Hergeth of Wilmington, Jim and Kelley Hargrave of Holton, Michigan, and William Catoe of Greenville, SC.
  • Apologies to ­­Ann Tinder, we overlooked thanking her for her contribution of cookies for the Reenactment.
  • Thanks to Jim Kohler for helping mail the newsletter and for filling in while Rebecca was out sick.