Fort Fisher's 2022 Beat the Heat Summer Lecture Series


Extending its 2022 Beat the Heat Summer Lecture Series, Fort Fisher State Historic Site will host the lecture ‘the Port of Wilmington, Food and the Army of Northern Virginia’ by noted Civil War author and historian Michael Hardy this Saturday, July 23, 2022, at 1 pm. 

Michael Hardy

The lecture is free and open to the public and will be held in the Spencer Theater.


During the Civil War, the port of Wilmington, North Carolina was instrumental in keeping the Confederacy alive. With access to ports in Bermuda and the Bahamas, Wilmington, along with the rail lines, became the Lifeline of the Confederacy. The army of Northern Virginia relied on provisions and other supplies ferried by blockade runners in the Cape Fear region. Join us as Michael C. Hardy explores this important piece of North Carolina history with his current research on the subject. Prior to and after his presentation, Hardy, a native North Carolinian, will be available to sign copies of his books, which are available in the museum gift shop. All Fort Fisher programming is made possible with the support of the Friends of Fort Fisher, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing this national treasure.