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Saving History Saturday: Joseph Ryder Lewis Jr. Civil War Park

Before Joseph Ryder Lewis Jr. passed away in 2010, he bequeathed 10 acres with the condition that it be turned into a public park and preserve the Sugar Loaf earthworks which were part of the defenses of Fort Fisher which … Continue reading

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A Drive on Fort Fisher

The mouth of the Cape Fear River ends in a messy maze of barrier islands, sandbars, and shoals, but the commuter ferry seems unconcerned. It goes about its morning work in the same matter-of-fact way its passengers do. The morning … Continue reading

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Wilmington: The Last Open Port on the Confederate Coast

“Though the popular clamor centers upon Charleston, I consider Wilmington a more important point,”[i] stated Gustavus V. Fox to Acting Rear Admiral Samuel Phillip Lee in the fall of 1862. Wilmington, N.C. arose along the banks of the Cape Fear … Continue reading

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