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Re-enactments and panel discussion highlight 145th anniversary of fight for Fort Anderson and Town Creek

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

STAFF REPORT

WINNABOW—Just as they did in 1865, Union and Confederate forces will clash in battles over Fort Anderson and Town Creek on Feb. 20-21, as the Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site commemorates the 145th anniversary of Confederates’ final attempt to prevent Union soldiers from taking Fort Anderson and ultimately Wilmington.

The Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site will host a pair of battle re-enactments, “The Fight for Fort Anderson,” at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, and “The Battle of Town Creek” at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, at the site.

In addition to 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 battle re-enactments are free to the public. The 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/Fort 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.”

The Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site is located at 8884 St. Phillips Road SE, Winnabow, NC 28479.

For more information on this program or the site, call 371-6613 or visit www.nchistoricsites.org/brunswic/brunswic.htm.

Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site is part of the Division of State Historic Sites in the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources (www.ncculture.com).