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.