Chris E. Fonvielle, Associate Professor

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Dr. Fonvielle


  Dr. Chris E. Fonvielle, Jr. is a native of Wilmington, North Carolina, with a lifelong interest in American Civil War, North Carolina, Lower Cape Fear and Southern history. His in-depth research focuses on Civil War coastal operations and defenses, blockade running, and the navies. He has published two books on North Carolina's coastal war, The Wilmington Campaign: Last Rays of Departing Hope (Savas Publishing, 1997) and Fort Anderson: Battle for Wilmington (Savas Publishing, 1999). 

   Fonvielle also co-authored a third book, The Best Ever Occupied: Archaeological Investigations of a Civil War Encampment, Folly Island, South Carolina (South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology, 1989), that dealt with African American soldiers' wartime experiences. He has also published articles on the Civil War, the most recent of which was "Making the Obstinate Stand: The Battle of Town Creek, North Carolina," Civil War Regiments Vol. 6, No. 1 (1998).

   After receiving his B.A. in Anthropology at UNC-Wilmington, Fonvielle served as the last curator of the Blockade Runners of the Confederacy Museum. He subsequently received his M.A. in American history at East Carolina University, under the direction of Dr. William N. Still, Jr., and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina, where he studied with noted Civil War historian Dr. Thomas L. Connelly.

   Dr. Fonvielle returned to his undergraduate alma mater at UNC-Wilmington in 1996, where he now teaches courses on the Civil War, Wilmington and the Lower Cape Fear, the Old South and Antebellum America. He also teaches extended education courses on the history of the Lower Cape Fear through the university. 



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