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Wilmington Water Tours Cruise

Sunday October 24, 2021, 10:00- noon


Join Dr. Chris E. Fonvielle Jr., Professor Emeritus in the Dept. of History at UNC Wilmington, on a history-themed cruise with Wilmington Water Tours from 10:00 to noon on Sunday, October 24, 2021.


Dr. Fonvielle will discuss the Civil War in the Lower Cape Fear, his area of expertise about which he has written extensively. By 1863, Wilmington was the Confederacy’s main seaport for receiving supplies being smuggled on board commerce vessels, called blockade-runners, to help the Confederacy sustain its war effort. By late 1864, Wilmington was the “Lifeline of the Confederacy” and most important city. He will cover the social as well as the military history of Wilmington and the Lower Cape Fear, 1861-1865.


Copies of most of his books will be available for sale with proceeds going to Wilmington Water Tours and the preservation of the Cape Fear River.

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