Friday, September 16, 2011

Fort Fisher Receives Its Name

From the September 13th Wilmington (NC) Star-News "Back Then" column.

SEPTEMBER 13, 1861-- The defenses under construction at Confederate Point officially named Fort Fisher in honor of Col. Charles F. Fisher of the 6th NCST.

He was born in 1816 in Salisbury, Rowan County and worked as a farmer, miner, journalist and state senator before becoming the president of the North Carolina Railroad in 1855.

After North Carolina seceded from the Union, he was elected colonel of the 6th NC State Troops and died while leading his men at Manassas, July 21, 1861.

This was taken from a Wilmington newspaper from the time.

An Honor for the Big Sand Fort (Not So Big at This Time, Though). --Old B-Runner

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