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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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Interesting Civil War information located on a nice strip of beach

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... read more

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

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 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

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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New Orleans, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Historic fort guarding Wilmington, built of brick and sand, assaulted again and again during the war.

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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

One can go through Fort Fisher on a self guided tour of the ramparts and museum. You may want to save this site for the inevitable rainy day at the beach. Good for an hour or two of sight seeing.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Visited for the 150 anniversary re-enactment. Union and Confederate encampment and many people in period costumes. Many tents with demonstrations and military information. They have a nice museum with restrooms, but there were so many there for the anniversary they had port-o-potties, also. Food vendors where there for the anniversary also. I have been before to the museum before, but... More 

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Rock Hill, SC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We have visited a number of Civil War battlefields and museums, and enjoyed them all. However this is the first one I've visited that had joint Army - Navy operations, and even Marine and Naval troops put ashore for join the Army in its assault. The Visitor Center has good displays and knowledgeable people. We attended the 150th commemoration of... More 

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Sneads Ferry, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014 via mobile

This is one of my favorite museums to go to with my family. It is small but great for the entire family including children of all ages. There are some short trails around the backside of the museum to walk and see the sights. I highly recommend watching the 10 minute movie because it is very informative and will educate... More 

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This little museum is a favorite of ours when we've had enough beach-time. From the Civil War to training pilots in WWII, this place has seen some action. My boys love to run around the large grassed areas and examine the cannons. Small, packed with history and worth the trip (check website for hours!).

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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

The Fort Fisher Historic Site offers visitors the chance to see one of the better preserved earthen forts from the US civil war. The fort itself was smaller than I had expected but still provides a good lesson on the importance of the fort in defense of Wilmington, NC. They advertise themselves as the most visited historical location in the... More 

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