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Honor a Brunswick County World War I Veteran

“Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them” – George Eliot

Honor the sacrifices of the brave men and women from Brunswick County
who served in World War I

As we continue to commemorate the Centennial of World War I, the Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range have been planning to honor the sacrifices of the brave men and women from Brunswick County, North Carolina. Many of them likely trained at the Fort Caswell Rifle Range, which was built in 1918 due to the number of soldiers arriving at Fort Caswell in preparation for the US entrance into the Great War.

We need your help.

The Friends of Fort Caswell have been raising funds for many years to stabilize the 1918 Fort Caswell Rifle Range, which was officially added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2013. This work is still continuing.

A memorial will be placed onsite to honor the men and women from Brunswick County who joined the military for the war effort. This memorial will be dedicated next year, Armistice Day, November 11, 1918, the Centennial of the end of World War I.

Brunswick County recruits from 1914
Courtesy of Jane B. Henry

“Honor a World War I Veteran”

  • To help us honor the veterans, this website will list the names of all men and women from Brunswick County using the North Carolina World War I Service Cards and other archived sources. Any veteran born, raised, lived, or served in Brunswick County will be included.
  • These names will be available on the website in various sorted lists such as alphabetical order, by service (Navy, Army, National Guard, etc).
  • You choose one (or more) to sponsor and send a donation.
  • A certificate will be sent via email for you to print and frame, as well as an image of the soldier’s service card.
  • Your name will be listed on the website as honoring that veteran.

We hope to have all veterans honored through your donations. Any additional funds will be added to continue the stabilization efforts of the Fort Caswell Rifle Range. Subscribe or visit the website often to follow progress throughout the year.

The Centennial year of World War I is upon us. The rifle range is the only freely accessible structure in Brunswick County that remains of the war.

This year is the perfect time to thank and honor the men and women who fought in World War I from Brunswick County.

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Historic Wilmington Foundation lists most threatened historic places for 2017

For the second year, Fort Caswell Rifle Range was chosen as one of the most threatened historic places in the Wilmington and the Lower Cape Fear region.

For more information about the 2017 list as well as a description and picture of each, see http://www.historicwilmington.org/national-preservation-month/

Media announcing the list:

Star News Online:
Kenan House among ‘Most Threatened’ landmarks

WECT News:
New sites added to list of Most Threatened Historic Places

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Historic Wilmington Foundation lists most threatened historic places for 2016

Fort Caswell Rifle Range was chosen as one of the most threatened historic places for 2016 in the Wilmington and the Lower Cape Fear region. For more information, visit http://www.historicwilmington.org/national-preservation-month/

Newspaper articles announcing the list

The State Port Pilot:
Rifle pit named to list of threatened sites

Star News Online:
Historic Wilmington Foundation announces most-threatened places list

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