Christopher Columbus BlandA 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 fort's commander. Lamb, hoping to refocus the bombardment to a point less essential to the post's 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.
|Series||This marker is part of the North Carolina Civil War Trails series, and the Sons of Confederate Veterans/United Confederate Veterans series.|
|Placed By||North Carolina Civil War Trails|
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|Date Added||Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 10:10am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 284496 N 3929401|
|Decimal Degrees||35.48480000, -77.37551667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 35° 29.088', W 77° 22.531'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||35° 29' 5.28" N, 77° 22' 31.86" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 3628 State Rd 1723, Ayden NC 28513, US|
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