NC holds 3 major re-enactments for Civil War anniversary

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – With the Civil War was just months from ending 150 years ago, North Carolina’s most pivotal role was taking shape as a port known as the “Rock of Gibraltar” was about to fall.

Fort Fisher at Kure Beach had kept the port of Wilmington open to blockade runners. The fort’s fall on Jan. 15, 1865, helped seal the Confederacy’s loss to the Union.

North Carolina is commemorating that event Saturday and Sunday, when hundreds of re-enactors will depict Confederate and Union soldiers, sailors and Marines in both camp life and battle strategies.

The state’s other major commemorations include events at Bentonville Battlefield in Four Oaks, where the Confederacy launched its last offensive, and Bennett Place in Durham, scene of the largest troop surrender of the war.