KURE BEACH -Lifeguards use them to show surf conditions. Olympians use them to convey pride and patriotism. But did you know that Civil War soldiers used flags for military movement and coordination on the battlefield? Learn more about these vital-and fun-communication tools at Fort Fisher State Historic Site’s program “Coded Communication in the Civil War” on Saturday, July 24.
At scheduled times throughout the day, historic site staff will demonstrate and teach visitors to use signal flags as they were used during one of the nation’s most turbulent periods, 1861-1865. Coded messages will be sent via flag signals, and participants will be able to “decode” the message using cipher discs provided by the site.
“Inside the visitor’s center, kids can participate in our Morse Code exhibit scavenger hunt to discover interesting artifacts in the museum,” said Fort Fisher Assistant Site Manager Amy Manor Thornton.
Visitors can also tour the remaining portions of Fort Fisher’s historic earthworks. Tours led by a costumed interpreter begin at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Regularly scheduled tours are hourly from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fort Fisher, the largest earthen fortification in the Confederacy, once protected the port of Wilmington and the vital blockade running trade on the Cape Fear River. After two massive bombardments, the fort fell to a Union infantry assault on Jan.15, 1865. With the capture of Fort Fisher, Wilmington’s port-”the lifeline of the Confederacy”-was closed to foreign trade.
The Fort Fisher State Historic Site is located at 1610 Fort Fisher Blvd. South, Kure Beach, N.C. 28449. For more information on this program or the site, call (910) 458-5538 or visit www.nchistoricsites.org/fisher/.
Fort Fisher 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 on Cultural Resources is available 24/7 at www.ncculture.com.