Last weekend we headed down to Kure Beach, N.C. for an anniversary celebration with some dear friends. As part of the weekend's activities, I was asked to provide a short presentation on the grounds of Fort Fisher. I talked about the Civil War in eastern North Carolina and Union efforts to capture Fort Fisher near the war's end. We had a lively discussion in front of the Fort under beautiful skies. It was a great opportunity to talk a little about my current research interests (N.C. in 1864). It was also a nice excuse to reread my copy of Chris Fonvielle's excellent study, The Wilmington Campaign: Last Rays of Departing Hope.