Grey-Haired Patriots Near Fort Fisher
 
From: bernhard1848@att.net
 
“First Bombardment of Fort Fisher:  In the morning we halted at Sugar Loaf. The fleet had been bombarding Fort Fisher, but the enemy had not landed. The Confederate forces under Bragg, outside of Fort Fisher, consisted of a small body of Senior Reserves, ages from 45 to 50, and some little cavalry. It was pitiful to see some of these grey-haired patriots dead in the woods, killed by shells from the fleet. Among those who carried a musket there was Mr. William Pettigrew, brother of the heroic General [James Johnston Pettigrew]—since a venerable minister of the Gospel.”
 
(The Martin-Kirkland Brigade, Charles G. Elliot, North Carolina Regiments, Clark, Volume IV)