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for The State Vol. 45 Issue 8, January 1978
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Fort Fisher was the largest and strongest earthwork fort of its time. Union troops hoped to bomb the fort using a ship loaded with explosives. The bomb was designed by General Benjamin F. ‘Beast’ Butler (1818-1893). Though the bomb failed, a second attack on the fort using a land assault and a naval bombardment brought the surrender of Fort Fisher.
The Blue Ridge Parkway was not the first scenic road in the region. Dr. Joseph Pratt (1870-1942) mapped the Crest of the Blue Ridge Highway, a route planned in 1909 that went along much of the southern spine of the Blue Ridge.