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D. H. Hill, Jr., Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 4, North Carolina (ed. Clement Anselm Evans) 4 0 Browse Search
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her. Colonel Lamb, the heroic defender of the fort, thus describes his works: At this time Fort Fisher extended across the peninsula 682 yards, a continuous work, mounting twenty heavy guns, and having two mortars and four pieces of light artillery. The sea face was 1,898 yards in length, consisting of batteries connected by a heavy curtain and ending in the mound battery 60 feet high, mounting in all twenty-four heavy guns, including one 170-pound Blakely rifled gun and one 130-pound Armstrong rifled gun. At the extreme end of the point was Battery Buchanan with four heavy guns. General Whiting and Colonel Lamb had both expended much labor and ingenuity in perfecting the defenses of this fort. Wilmington was the port into which the blockade runners were bringing so large a portion of the supplies necessary for the Confederacy that General Lee said if Fort Fisher fell he could not subsist his army. This thought nerved Lamb to prolonged resistance. The garrison, when the F
and Polly Decker of Germany. Of their ten children by this (second) marriage, the eldest, Paul Barringer, was prominent in the service of the State and was commissioned a brigadier-general during the war of 1812. During his infancy his grandfather Blackwelder, and his father Paulus Barringer, a captain in the colonial militia and a conspicuous member of the committee of safety, were taken prisoners by the tories and carried to Cheraw, S. C. Paul Barringer married Elizabeth, daughter of Jean Armstrong and Matthew Brandon, who was with Joseph Graham and Colonel Locke in the repulse of the British near Charlotte, and also served with Col. John Brandon at Ramseur's mill. Gen. Rufus Barringer, son of the above, was born in 1821, and was graduated at North Carolina university in 1842. He studied law with his brother Moreau, then with Chief-Justice Pearson, settling in Concord. A Whig in politics, in 1848 he served in the lower house of the State legislature, and here was in advance of hi