Teaching through our historic sites

Fort Fisher

Selected Bibliography

All of the books listed below are sold in the Fort Fisher State Historic Site gift shop, with the exception of Fonvielle's Wilmington Campaign: Last Rays of Departing Hope, which is out of print. Prices are listed. Educators receive a 10% discount in our gift shop.


Bright, Darlene, and Leslie Bright, eds. My Friend the Enemy: The Battle at Fort Fisher as recalled by Colonel Lamb, CSA & General Curtis, USA. Carolina Beach, NC: Slapdash Publishing, 2007. A collection of the first person accounts of the Second Battle of Fort Fisher by Confederate commander Col. William Lamb and Union Gen. Newman Martin Curtis. $10.00



Barrett, John G. The Civil War in North Carolina. Chapel Hill, NC: The University of North Carolina Press, 1963. A general history of the Civil War in North Carolina. $23.50

Fonvielle, Chris, Jr. The Wilmington Campaign: Last Rays of Departing Hope. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 2001. Fonvielle's work is a detailed telling not just of the Fort Fisher battles, but of the entire campaign to capture Wilmington. Out of print

Gragg, Rod. Confederate Goliath: The Battle of Fort Fisher. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1991. Confederate Goliath focuses on the Union efforts to take Fort Fisher and close the Cape Fear River to blockage runners. $19.95

Reid, Richard M. Freedom for Themselves: North Carolina's Black Soldiers in the Civil War Era. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2008. Reid's work is a detailed look at African American soldier from North Carolina during and after the Civil War, as well as their families. $40.00

Smith, John David, ed. Black Soldiers in Blue: African American Troops in the Civil War Era. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2002. A collection of essays detailing African American soldiers in combat. $20.95

Wise, Stephen R. Lifeline of the Confederacy: Blockade Running During the Civil War. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1988. A detailed history of Civil War blockade running and an examination of the Confederacy's efforts to organize and regulate the blockade running trade to meet its supply needs. $24.95



The official website for Fort Fisher State Historic Site includes detailed information on the battles to take Fort Fisher, major historical figures, and the site today. Taken from the North Carolina Collection at UNC, an excellent compilation of historical images relating to the American Civil War, including several that feature Fort Fisher. The official website of the National Park Service on the American Civil War includes a plethora of links for educators.

Additional Notes:

The primary source account My Friend the Enemy and Rodd Gragg's book Confederate Goliath: The Battle of Fort Fisher could both be used by an eighth grader, but may be better for a high school audience. While geared towards a younger audience, Jack E. Fryar, Jr.'s book, The Battles for Fort Fisher: The Story of the South's Largest Fort and the Terrible Struggles to Defeat It, would also be appropriate. This book is a part of Dram Tree Press's Young Reader's Series of North Carolina History. Suggestions of general Civil War historical fiction that could be used in an eighth grade classroom include:

Crane, Stephen. The Red Badge of Courage. New York: Bantam Dell, 1895. ($5.95)

Hunt, Irene. Across Five Aprils. New York: Berkley Books, 1964. ($4.99)

Shura, Mary Francis. Gentle Annie: The True Story of a Civil War Nurse. Scholastic, Inc., 1991. ($4.50)

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