Walk the Sugar Loaf Line of Defense with Chris Fonvielle!

Dr. Chris Fonvielle

Saturday March 21   (2 pm – 4pm)

$10.00 donation requested.  Limited to 30 people
Call 910-458-0502 for reservations

We’re doing it again this year!  This is your chance to discover the Civil War ruins that stretch from Myrtle Grove Sound to the Cape Fear River along the northern edge of the Town of Carolina Beach.

The world’s expert on the Battles of Fort Fisher and the Fall of Wilmington, Dr. Chris Fonvielle, will lead the group across the peninsula and through the Carolina Beach State Park pointing out what remains today of a line of entrenchments built by the Confederates in the late days of 1864 to protect Wilmington from Union Forces when it became almost inevitable that they would eventually take Fort Fisher.

On January 19, 1865, the Federals attacked with two brigades of troops, including Colonel John W. Ames’ regiments of U.S. Colored Troops. Unable to break through, they launched an even bigger assault on February 11. U.S. Colored Troops played a major role in what became known as the battle of Sugar Loaf, although the Confederate defenses again proved to be too strong to overrun.

Unable to breach the Sugar Loaf defenses, the Federals transferred their operations to the west side of the Cape Fear River. They attacked and forced the abandonment of Fort Anderson, directly across the waterway from Sugar Loaf, on February 19, 1865.

The Confederate evacuation of Fort Anderson enabled the Union navy to advance further upriver and threaten Sugar Loaf from the rear. Consequently, General Hoke abandoned the Sugar Loaf defenses on February 19 and withdrew toward Wilmington. Union forces temporarily occupied Sugar Loaf before beginning their pursuit of the rapidly retreating Confederates. They captured Wilmington on February 22, 1865.

 

Events Calendar: 2017 (Past) Presentations

——— Past Meetings – 2017 ———

Monday, July 17, 2017: 7:30-9:00 pm.  (past meetings)
Program: Jennifer Daughterty, Local History librarian for the New Hanover Public Library, will talk to us about genealogy, genetic testing, and how it is affected by race and ethnicity.

 

 

 

Monday, August 21, 2017: 7:30-9:00 pm. (past meetings)
Program: Author Tanya Binford, will talk about her book Crossing the Wake. At age 51 she took a year off work and accomplished her goal of circumnavigating the Eastern United States in a 25 foot boat.

 

 

 

 

Monday, September 18, 2017: 7:30-9:00 pm.  (past meetings)
Program: Chris Fonvielle, author, historian and noted expert on Fort Fisher, returns to present his newest program, “Sex and the Civil War.” This one is rated PG-13.

 

 

 

 

Monday, October 16, 2017: 7:30-9:00 pm.  (past meetings)
Program: Andrew Duppstadt, Program Development & Training Officer, NC Division of State Historic Sites, returns to present a program titled, “North Carolina Personalities of the War of 1812.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, November 20, 2017: 7:30-9:00.  (past meetings)
Program: Vann Pearsall, of the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust, will present a program on the mission and goals of this nonprofit formed in 1992 to help protect locally and regionally valuable natural areas and waters.

 

 

Monday December 18, 2017: 6:30–8:30 pm. Holiday Covered Dish (past meetings)

The perfect time to bring friends and prospective members to celebrate the holiday season with all our history friends.

 

 

 

History Center — Located adjacent to Carolina Beach Municipal Complex

ALL PROGRAMS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC.

They are held at the Federal Point History Center, 1121-A North Lake Park Blvd. (Just south of the Carolina Beach Town Hall.)

Or visit the History Center, open Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10-4. For more information call: 910-458-0502. federal-point-history.org.

 

 

Monday, April 17, 2017: 7:30-9:00 pm. (past meetings)

Program:  Have you ever seen an old picture or post card of a Carolina Beach building and wondered where it was located or what is there today?

Elaine Henson will show businesses and buildings from long ago and what is there now, and in some cases, what was there in between.

 

 

 

 

 

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Saturday, April 22, 2017 – Rescheduled
Original date: March 18, 2017 – Canceled because of rain.

Historian Chris Fonvielle will lead his annual walk along the remnants of the Sugar Loaf Line of Defense.  Pre-registration is required. Call 910-458-0502. A donation of $10.00 is requested.  (past meetings)

Chris Fonvielle: Local history buffs hope to rediscover Rock Spring (StarNews Online, March 18, 2017) Members of the Public Archaeology Corps hope to excavate the site of the Rock Spring, underneath the soon-to-be-demolished Water Street parking deck.

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Monday, March 20, 2017: 7:30-9:00 pm. (past meetings)

Program: John Moseley of the Fort Fisher State Historic Site returns to talk on US Medal of Honor Winners from the Lower Cape Fear area.

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, February 20, 2017:  7:30-9:00 pm.(past meetings)

Program: Kemp Burdett, Cape Fear River Keeper will talk to us about his work to protect the water quality and ecosystem of the Cape Fear River.

 

 

 

 

Monday, January 16, 2017: 7:30-9:00 pm.   (past meetings)
Program:  Jan Davidson of the Cape Fear Museum will talk about WWI in Wilmington as well as how it has been memorialized in our area. We will be doing a WWI exhibit in the Spring of 2017 and this will be our kickoff.


——— Past Meetings – 2016 ———

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