Category Archives: In the News

In the News – June 2018

Click here or the NEWS selection at the top of the website to see the many stories in the media about the rifle range and Honor a Brunswick County WWI Veteran project.

As always, The Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range appreciates the support of the local media!

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In the News – April 11-12, 2018

A very nice full-length spread was published in the The State Port Pilot, featuring stories in the recap posted yesterday.

These include the Eagle Scout Service Project by local Boy Scout Ethan Pannkuk, and the World War I Ceremony held at the rifle range on Friday. Click here to read both.

Appearing in tomorrow’s issue of Brunswick Beacon is a tribute to the Brunswick County WWI veterans serving with the 105th Engineers. Click here to read.

As always a big Thank you! to our valuable local media for continuing to publicize and support our efforts.

These stories can also be found by selecting the News section at the top of the website.

Newspaper articles courtesy of
The State Port Pilot
Brunswick Beacon

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Status Update: Honor a Brunswick County World War I Veteran

On November 11, 2017, The Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range began the year-long commemoration of the end of World War I. A memorial to Brunswick County WWI veterans is planned for November 11, 2018 at the site of the 1918 Fort Caswell Rifle Range.

It’s been about two months since “Honor a Brunswick County World War I Veteran” began. Much has happened.

The 700+ Brunswick County WWI veteran names were gathered from records and the list was created on the website. Click here for the list or use the blue button on the side of every page. Click here for the list of donors and the veteran they honored or use the blue button on the side of every page.

To date, 110 veterans have been honored with a donation.

A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) was created to assist in choosing a veteran to honor.

 

A design for the WWI Memorial for Brunswick County veterans was chosen, based on a sketch by Helen Radcliffe.

A logo was created.

The following WWI Profiles about Brunswick County veterans were posted to the blog using historical documents. Except for Nurse Williams, profiles are focused on veterans who were Wounded, KIA, Died of Wounds or Disease. More profiles are planned. Subscribe or visit the website often!

Dorman L. Mercer, probably the longest living Brunswick County WWI veteran (Dorman passed away in 1996 at age 102).

Susan Adkins Williams, the only known WWI nurse born and raised in Brunswick County.

From the 365th Infantry, 92nd Division “Buffalo Soldiers”

William Frederick Brooks
William James Gordon
Robert Bollie Stanley, Brunswick County’s only known POW.

From the 105th Engineers, 30th Division “Old Hickory”

Lawson Devaun Ballard
George Harker Hewett
Harvey T. Chadwick
Thedford S. Lewis

Norma Eckard, president of Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range, spoke to the Brunswick County Historical Society. Local media reported.

November 23, 2017; Brunswick Beacon:
Club Profile: Brunswick County Historical Society

November 29, 2017: State Port Pilot:
Great War vets honored

December 15, 2017: Star News:
Ft Caswell Rifle Range subject of talk

Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range received a large donation. This story was posted on the blog, plus published in the Brunswick Beacon.

The local media has shown interest in sharing the WWI veteran profiles. The profile on Nurse Susan Williams was included in these newspapers.

December 28, 2017; Brunswick Beacon:
A World War Profile of Susan Adkins Williams

December 30, 2017; Star News:
Southport’s Nurse Williams served in WWI

January 31, 2018; State Port Pilot:
World War I stories part of monument effort

Keep current on published stories by viewing the News section of the website.

Thank you for your continued support!

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In the News – August 2017


The Fort Caswell Rifle Range was featured in several publications this month.

South Brunswick Magazine published a wonderful overview of the accomplishments and goals of the Friends, including many photographs.

Read: Caswell Rifle Range Target Pit and Storage Area is Almost 100 Years Old.

The State Port Pilot included information about Historic Wilmington Foundation’s traveling exhibit of the 2017 most threatened historic places, which features Brunswick County’s John N. Smith Cemetery in Southport and the Fort Caswell Rifle Range.

Read: Traveling historic exhibit goes on display.

And finally, the Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range Club Profile was published in the Brunswick Beacon.

As always, The Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range appreciates the support of the local media!

Note that these and all published articles about the Fort Caswell Rifle Range can be found by clicking the NEWS selection at the top of the website.

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In the News – July 2017

Star News recently interviewed Norma and Ron Eckard about the Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range and the stabilization efforts. Read the July 16 article and view the photo gallery: Couple leads effort to save Fort Caswell Rifle Range

To read a detailed history of the stabilization effort, click the STABILIZATION selection at the top of the website. The stabilization journal begins in 2011, then flows into the more recent developments that are continuously updated on this blog.

The State Port Pilot featured the two Brunswick County historical sites included in the Most Threatened Historic Places List for 2017. Read the article from July 12: Cemetery, rifle pit among endangered sites

Note that these and all published articles about the Fort Caswell Rifle Range can be found by clicking the NEWS selection at the top of the website.


The Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range appreciates the support of the local media!

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In the News – May 2017

The Fort Caswell Rifle Range Derby Day fundraiser and Commemoration of US Involvement in World War I were recently featured in several publications. More links will be added soon.

 

The National Centennial flag is admired by some of the valuable volunteers that recently worked at the Derby fundraiser. Pictured are: (Left to right) Helen Radcliffe, Betsy Hamer, Jayne Rankin, Norma Eckard, Connie Hendrix and Dianna Suttle. The centennial flag will continue to be used at future events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War 1.

 

The North Carolina Daughters of the American Revolution newsletter for the month of May, (courtesy of The Tar Heel Patriot, Patricia Poe, Editor), included four pages dedicated to the recent commemoration and a feature on the rifle range. Read the pages here.

A reprint of the story in the DAR newsletter about the commemoration was also printed in the Brunswick Beacon last week. (http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/ A subscriber login is required to read archived issues.)

Norman Sprinthall’s letter to the editor to Star News was published on Thursday, May 11. It’s the second letter on this page.

Thank you, Norman and the DAR for supporting the stabilization of our rare and valuable piece of World War I history!

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In the News – February 2017

The Fort Caswell Rifle Range was recently featured in local newspapers. The photo above shows the tilted center wall that is the focus of fundraising efforts.

The collection of World War I photographs of family members continues in preparation for this year’s Derby Day fundraiser in May.

Read The State Port Pilot’s Effort aimed at saving rifle pit for additional details along with a photograph of the presentation of the $500 check from Dave Kesterson, senior vice-president at First Bank.

The Brunswick Beacon’s feature includes a photograph of Norman Sprinthall against the backdrop of the World War I Wall of Honor.

Thank you to our valuable local media for continuing to publicize and support our efforts.

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