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Ayden in Pitt County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)

Fort Fisher Hero

Christopher Columbus Bland

Fort Fisher Hero Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, September 26, 2013
1. Fort Fisher Hero Marker
Inscription.  A hero of the fight for Fort Fisher is buried here in the churchyard. Pvt. Christopher C. “Kit” Bland, Battery K, 2nd North Carolina Artillery, was serving at the fort, the “Gibraltar of the Confederacy,” when Federal forces began their bombardment on December 24, 1864. The Union fleet concentrated its fire on the garrison flag flying over Battery Pulpit, headquarters of Col. William Lamb, the fortís commander. Lamb, hoping to refocus the bombardment to a point less essential to the postís defense, ordered Mound Battery, at the southern end of the fort, to raise the flag. When Capt. Daniel Munn, commanding there, asked for a volunteer, Bland stepped forward. He climbed the bare flagpole amid the shelling and tied the flag to the top. As Lamb had hoped, much of the Federal fire shifted to Mound Battery, eventually tearing the flag loose. Once again, to the admiration of all who saw it, Bland climbed the pole and secured the flag using his neckerchief. On his way down, a shell passed so close to him that it brushed his hair.

Bland survived the day unscathed but suffered a wound in the ankle from shell fragment
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during the second major Union attack on Fort Fisher on January 13, 1865. He was captured five days later. His ankle, badly cut and broken, became infected while he was confined, and his leg was amputated below the knee. Again, he had survived and became the pastor here in his later years. In January 1995, Sons of Confederate Veterans awarded Bland the “Confederate Medal of Honor.”

The funding for this project was provided by the North Carolina Department of Transportation through the Transportation Enhancement Program of the Federal Transportation Efficiency Act for the 21st Century.

(upper left) Christopher C. Bland Courtesy Bill Bland
(upper right) Mound Battery, Fort Fisher, with flagpole - Courtesy Library of Congress
Erected by North Carolina Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the North Carolina Civil War Trails, and the Sons of Confederate Veterans/United Confederate Veterans series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1812.
Location. 35° 29.088′ N, 77° 22.531′ W. Marker is in Ayden, North Carolina, in Pitt County. Marker is on Ayden Golf
Fort Fisher Hero Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, September 26, 2013
2. Fort Fisher Hero Marker
Club Road north of Hines Drive Extension, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ayden NC 28513, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Haddocks Crossroads (approx. 1.3 miles away); Former Colleges (approx. 2Ĺ miles away); Washington's Southern Tour (approx. 2.6 miles away); Veteran's Memorial (approx. 2.9 miles away); Red Banks Church (approx. 6.3 miles away); Scuffleton Bridge (approx. 6Ĺ miles away); Blount Hall (approx. 7.2 miles away); Black Jack (approx. 7.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ayden.
Hancock's Primitive Baptist Church image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, September 26, 2013
3. Hancock's Primitive Baptist Church
The Fort Fisher Hero marker is located on the grounds of this church.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 27, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 751 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 27, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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