KURE BEACH, NC (WWAY) – It was a booming good time at Ft. Fisher this weekend, as history buffs from across the state gathered to hear the sound of artillery fill the air. The annual re-enactment marks the anniversary of the battles that took place 148 years ago as union troops sieged the fort and quickly brought an end to the war.
Visitors were treated to infantry and artillery demonstrations, tours of the fort’s structure and history, and talks from experts about the rich history.
"Well how often do you get to see artillery fired live?" says Civil War interpreter Jim McKee. "Really get out here, smell it, hear it, feel it. It’s just not something that happens every day."
Fort Fisher was vitally important to the Confederate cause during the war, as it protected the port of the Wilmington – which was the last open port in the south. The battle that brought about the capture of the fort is highlighted in the recent film "Lincoln".
FORT FISHER, NC (WWAY) — The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is continuing to rehabilitate a group of Loggerhead sea turtles they received at the beginning of the year. The turtles suffer from cold-stunning, which makes them lethargic which can cause the turtles to wash ashore.
Due to the aquariums efforts, three out of the eight cold-stunned sea turtles have been listed as healthy and released back into the ocean.”The turtles are lots better. They’re eating more, we do have three of them that have been released already out of the eight. The 5 remaining that are still improving, trying to make sure they’re eating enough and gaining enough weight to head back out.”, said Special Activities Guide Lauren Avery.
The aquarium will be free tomorrow in celebration on Martin Luther King.