Saturday, March 5, 2011

Looking Back: 1911

From the March 1st Wilmington (NC) Star News Looking back Column where newspapers from 100 and 50 years ago are examined for news.

Death of a Fort Fisher Veteran

Feb. 28, 1911.

Henry Vines of Newberlin (NC) in Columbus County died at age 68. He was 24 when the war broke out and left his young wife to enlist in Co. G 36th North Carolina Infantry.

he was captured at the Second Battle of Fort Fisher and sent to Elmira Prison in New York where he, along with other Fort Fisher defenders suffered terrible hardships. There, he had both legs amputated at the knees for frostbite.

His family had not heard from him in months at the war's closing and had given him up for dead when fellow Fort Fisher veteran Edward Wells spotted him in Wilmington and he was reunited with his family in Newberlin (which is in the Delco area).

The area is now called New Berlin and is a short distance northwest of Wilmington.

One More Fisher Vet. --Old B-Runner

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