'The Defense of Fort Dobbs' Soldier Life in 1760 Explored Online

STATESVILLE

Fort Dobbs in Statesville is the state’s only historic site about the French and Indian War, also known as the Seven Years War, that spanned five continents from 1754 to 1763. Discover various aspects of the soldiers’ lives through a virtual program Feb. 27. Participants may sample subjects during the day, or make a day of it, from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

Videos about a battle, musket firing, and the difference in Cherokee warriors, Provincial soldiers and militiamen, even how soldiers ate, are among the options. Join at https://www.facebook.com/FortDobbs

The day’s schedule: 

     10 a.m. — Welcome and explanation of the day’s events 

     10:30 a.m. — Virtual tour of the fort 

     11 a.m. — Video about the battle 

     Noon — Video on feeding the soldiers 

     1 p.m. — Video of musket firing demonstration 

     2 p.m. Video about the swivel gun 

     3 p.m. — A Different Mode of War: Comparison of Cherokee warrior, Provincial soldier and militiaman 

     4 p.m. — Video on Cherokee culture 

     5 p.m. — Taking Shelter in Fort Dobbs: Civilians of Fourth Creek 

     8 p.m. The Provincial perspective of the battle 

     8:30 p.m. — The Cherokee perspective of the battle 

For additional information please call (704) 873-5882. Fort Dobbs is a replica of the fort completed in 1756. It is located at 438 Fort Dobbs Rd., Statesville, N.C. and open Tuesday-Saturday for timed tours of the fort for an age-based fee of $1 or $2. It is part of the Division of State Historic Sites within the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.