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Fort Fisher State Historic Site

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Address: 1610 Fort Fisher Boulevard, South, Kure Beach, NC 28449
Phone Number: +1 910-458-5538
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Description: At the dawn of the American Civil War, the Confederacy took control of...
At the dawn of the American Civil War, the Confederacy took control of land in southeastern North Carolina near one of the two outlets to the Atlantic Ocean from the Cape Fear River. Fort Fisher was the largest earthwork fortification in the Confederacy and was constructed to protect this vital opening. Ships running the Federal blockade of the port of Wilmington, known as blockade runners, supplied necessary goods to Confederate armies inland. By late 1863, the supply line through Wilmington was the last remaining supply route open to Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. The Federal Army and Navy attacked Fort Fisher December 24, 1864. After two days of fighting with little headway, Federal commanders concluded that the fort was too strong to assault and withdrew their forces. However, they returned for a second attempt on January 12, 1865. For two and one-half days, Federal ships bombarded the fort on both land and sea face. On the fifteenth, more than 3,300 Union infantry, including the 27th U.S. Colored Troops, assaulted the land face. After several hours of fierce hand-to-hand combat, Federal troops captured the fort that night. The Confederate army evacuated their remaining forts in the Cape Fear area, and within weeks Union forces overran Wilmington. Once Wilmington fell, the supply line of the Confederacy was severed, and the Civil War was soon over. This site has been declared national historic landmark. Along with a restored palisade fence, approximately ten percent of the fort still stands. Guided tours, outside panel makers and museum exhibits provide a historical point of reference. Shaded by gnarled live oaks, a scenic trail leads tourists from the visitor center past the gigantic earthworks and around to the rear of the fort. Visitors are invited to tour the remains of the fort's land face featuring an impressive reconstruction of a 32-pounder seacoast gun at Shepherd's Battery. Fort Fisher State Historic Site is located in Kure Beach on what was then known as Federal Point and today as Pleasure Island.
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So much to do in this area

It is a historical area with a lot of interest ( pack a lunch or roam for a little while). Camping swimming and fun in the recreational area. ( stay a few days) We also love the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Carolina Beach
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

It is a historical area with a lot of interest ( pack a lunch or roam for a little while). Camping swimming and fun in the recreational area. ( stay a few days) We also love the aquarium ( spend a few hours). I know this is like 3 reviews in one but it is a great area especially for... More 

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Madison, WI
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This was an interesting civil war site. We timed it right and a free guide walked our group around and explained the sand bunkers and how the Union invaded and took over their fort. Really turned the tide for the Civil War to the North. Spent about an hour here. No charge but donation requested. Worth it.

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Eastlake, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Great to walk around, there is a trail. But will need a car as the fort is huge. Beware there are bees..

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

We loved the history here. It was easy to imagine what it was like when this was a working fort. To imagine watching the ships come from one side and the soldiers from the other. Great History! Must See!!

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Portland, Maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

We had four young children and six adults in our party. We watched the short video first which was a great way to start the tour. We were shocked to find out that it was completely free! (Donations are accepted.) We made a quick trip through the adorable gift shop and enjoyed the walk around the fort. It was a... More 

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Brunswick, Md.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

We had a rainy but GREAT day at this Ft. Fisher location!!! So glad we went. Totally worth the trip to go see it and to walk around. Great little gift shop as well. We did the 'self-guided tour' and we loved doing that. Started out by watching the short film before touring. That is a must to do!

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Southwest Gulf Coast, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

If you are in the Wilmington, NC area, take the time to visit Fort Fisher. It's completely free (they ask for donations) and you could spend a few good hours walking the grounds and learning about the history of the fort. A nice little museum that is informative and free. The staff was helpful, knowledgeable and friendly. Not a bad... More 

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Dousman, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

So much to look at in the museum. Walk around the property to get the full effect as it sits between the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic. A lot of the old site is now gone but what they have saved is worth the trip to it. We had a nice time there and would go again. Clean rest... More 

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Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Driving out to the site is so magical. On the date we went, completely fogged in and you did get a sense of what it was like during the Civil War, isolated, scary, and full of intrigue. The museum did an excellent job of showing where the original structures were and also what happened after the Civil War was over.... More 

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Nw Chicago Suburbs
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

The visitor center museum is small, but the walking trail around the battlefield has many placards explaining the building of the fort and the battle in which it fell to the Union forces.

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