WINNABOW, N.C. – Just as they did in 1865, Union and Confederate forces will clash in battles over Ft. Anderson and Town Creek on Feb. 20-21, as the Brunswick Town/Ft. Anderson State Historic Site commemorates the 145th anniversary of the Confederates’ final attempt to prevent Union soldiers from taking Ft. Anderson and ultimately Wilmington.
The Brunswick Town/Ft. Anderson State Historic Site will host a pair of battle re-enactments, “The Fight for Ft. Anderson” at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20, and “The Battle of Town Creek” at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 21, at the site. In addition to the battle scenarios, the event will feature evening lantern tours, guest speakers, sutlers (vendors in period clothing), artillery drills, infantry drills, military hospital demonstrations and displays of period women’s fashions. Both the panel discussion and the battle re-enactments are free to the public. The State Historic Site opens at 9 a.m. both days.
“This event is designed to help the public understand Fort Anderson through living history, battle re-enactments and interpretations,” said Brunswick Town/Ft. Anderson Site Manager Brenda Bryant. “Our intent is to interpret our site history to our visitors and allow them to experience the sites and sounds of the American Civil War as historical re-enactors relive the history of Fort Anderson.”
A preliminary scholarly panel discussion titled “2009 Archaeology at Ft. Anderson” will take place on Feb. 16 at the Southport Community Building in Southport, N.C. The panel discussion begins at 7 p.m. and is sponsored by the Friends of Brunswick Town/Ft. Anderson, in cooperation with the Historic site, the Friends of the N. C. Maritime Museum at Southport, the N.C. Maritime Museum at Southport, and the Southport Department of Tourism.
The Brunswick Town/Ft. Anderson State Historic Site is located at 8884 St. Phillips Rd. SE, Winnabow, N.C., 28479. For more information on this program or the site, call (910) 371-6613 or visit www.nchistoricsites.org/brunswic/brunswic.htm.
Brunswick Town/Ft. Anderson State Historic Site is part of the Division of State Historic Sites in the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, the state agency with the mission to enrich lives and communities, and the vision to harness the state’s cultural resources to build North Carolina’s social, cultural and economic future. Information is available 24/7 at www.ncculture.com.
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