Monuments and Markers of Federal Point

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Federal Point Historic Preservation Society – 1998

(March 17, 1932) –Site For Marker Ordered Changed– Foundations laid directly on the Fort Fisher mound for the menument to be erected by the North Carolina division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy have been abandoned, it was learned today.

The adverse report of the United States army engineers on the proposed protection of the mound from the ever encroaching Atlantic and the fact erosion by the waves is apparently continuing caused the monument committee to order the original site abandoned and the selection of a new site on the nearby “battle acre.”

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Monuments and Markers of Federal Point, North Carolina

Compiled by Claude V. Jackson III

Federal Point Historic Preservation Society
1998

Extract: page 31

(March 8, 1932) –May Dedicate Marker June 3 -— The possibility appeared today that the dedication of the Confederate monument being erected at Fort Fisher will take place co-incidentally with the “Rail-Water Coordination” program to be carried out here on June 3 in commemoration of the opening of the inland waterway and the 30-foot harbor channel. Louis T. Moore, secretary of the chamber of commerce, received a letter from Mrs. L. B. Newell, state chairman of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, suggesting May 18 as a date for the unveiling, but asking if that date would conflict with any events previously scheduled. Mr. Moore said he was authorized by the executive committee to extend all co-operation to the state organization in carrying out the dedication ceremonies, but suggesting that they be held on either June 2 or June 3. The waterway opening is expected to draw persons of prominence from throughout the state and South Atlantic seaboard. (Wilmington News)

(March 17, 1932) –Site For Marker Ordered Changed– Foundations laid directly on the Fort Fisher mound for the menument to be erected by the North Carolina division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy have been abandoned, it was learned today. The adverse report of the United States army engineers on the proposed protection of the mound from the ever encroaching Atlantic and the fact erosion by the waves is apparently continuing caused the monument committee to order the original site abandoned and the selection of a new site on the nearby “battle acre.” The battle acre, owned by the city of Wilmington, though located at the southern end of New Hanover county, is west of the mound of sand which, reinforced with palmetto logs, served so long as a, staunch fort in the world’s greatest naval bombardment. Mrs. L. B. Newell, Charlotte, chairman of the monument committee, today secured the permission of the city board to place the monument on the battle acre. Mrs. Newell and other state officers of the United Daughters are now in Wilmington planning for the unveiling ceremonies on June 2, the day before the “Rail-Water Co—ordination” program. (Wilmington News)

(April 3, 1932) –North Carolina Daughters Plan Great Event At Fort Fisher —  “The Battle of For Fisher, North Carolina,” written by Colonel William Lamb, C.S.A., is one of the most vivid and interesting word pictures of the War Between the States. This strategic point, so well fortified, and so necessary to the Confederate army, was defended with superb bravery against an enemy many times superior in numbers and equipment. Most of the defenders were North Carolina troops, and it is fitting that North Carolina Daughters of the Confederacy should mark the spot where so much heroism was displayed by her sons. In May of this year the monument at Fort Fisher will be unveiled with elaborate ceremonies. The occasion will be a gala, homecoming day for loyal North Carolinians. In fact the entire south will felicitate the Tar Heel State in paying tribute to these brave men. The words Of Timrod’s Ode, “Somewhere waiting for its birth, the is in the stone,” are being magnificently justified here, and the monument to “defeated valor” will overlook the bay as this peerless southern Poet-Laureate prophesied. . . . (Wilmington News)

(April 28, 1932) —-Work Started On Monument—- Actual erection of the Confederate monument at Fort Fisher was reported underway today upon the arrival of Mrs. L. B. Newell, of Charlotte, chainnan of the Fort Fisher monument committee of the North Carolina division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Mrs. Newell revealed that Governor and Mrs. 0. Max Gardner will be among the distinguished guests at the unveiling ceremonies to take place at the ‘“battle acre” on the morning of June 2. She said that Governor Gardner will be among those making addresses. Among other notables who will attend are state and national of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Adj. Gen. John Van B. Metts, Raleigh, of the North Carolina National Guard, US. Senator Cameron Morrison and “all the other candidates,” Mrs. Newell said. Mrs. Newell said she would be in Wilmington for several days to work with the local committee… (Wilmington News)

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