Mapping Fort Holmes: A Search for Confederate Ruins at Bald Head

Goree, John A.
October 2006
North Carolina Historical Review;Oct2006, Vol. 83 Issue 4, p411
Academic Journal
The article discusses the establishment of a precise and accurate map of the entire Fort Holmes, one of the most extensive earthen fortifications in Bald Head Island in North Carolina. The sketch that illustrated the strategic importance and vulnerability to land attack of Smith Island was made by cartographer Benjamin Lewis Blackford. There were at least three copies of Cape Fear fort maps transmitted, including one sent to Lieutenant Colonel C. B. Comstock, chief engineer of the army forces in the Fort Fisher campaign.


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