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Fort Fisher State Historic Site

1610 Fort Fisher Boulevard, South, Kure Beach, NC 28449
+1 910-458-5538
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Ranked #5 of 10 Attractions in Kure Beach
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Military Museums
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Burlington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We traveled to Fort Fisher several weeks ago as my husband and I have been following the 150th anniversary of the Civil War since 2010. The museum is small with several fascinating exhibits and a well-versed staff. The outdoor exhibits are mostly naval. And, some of them are related to WWII. Walking along the walkways over the marsh and looking... More

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New Johnsonville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

It was my first visit and I loved it.Im a civil war buff and was very surprised.They have went to great trouble to make you think it's the 1860s again.

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Greenville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

We stopped by this attraction after a visit to the beach. The main building had a number of interesting exhibits, and a historic film to tell the story of Fort Fisher. My husband went on the guided tour, which he said was extremely informative. This is one of the best military sites we've visited.

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Cleveland, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Our son (8 years) fell in love with this place. A must see for history buffs, and even if you have no interest in history you need to go just for the trail around the fort. Instead of walking on the beach, our son wanted to walk the trail each night, which you can do after the museum is closed.... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We had a great morning at Fort Fisher. The museum seems small at first, but it did an excellent job of explaining the role that Wilmington played in the Civil War and the battle that happened there to effectively end the war. Inside the museum there are very good displays of all sorts of Civil War memorabilia, from uniforms to... More

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Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

The museum covers the civil war history of the earthen mound fort and surrounding areas. The trail around the fort is an easy stroll and has amazing views of the sound. This is a free attraction and there is also public beach access a few hundred yards away to make a day out of it. Or you can take the... More

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York, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We stopped by Fort Fisher on a whim when in the area. Wish we had more time to explore the site. Well worth the stop when in the area. The fort was the site of the largest joint naval and land attack in US history until WWII. The site covers a large area including beach and river views and contains... More

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North East, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

If you take your time and really look at all the various exhibits/artifacts you can spend well over and hour visiting the facility. They've done a nice job of bringing history to life with the exhibits. It was interesting to learn that a good bit of the fort (once was) actually sits in the atlantic ocean now. The living oaks... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

My family took the Ferry from Southport to visit Fort Fisher. I expected to see a masonry fort but it was just a lovely beach. We went into the museum on site and we learned that the fort was actually built into the sand. We found the museum interesting and informative. My two youngest children were with us 6 and... More

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Well worth a visit to Fort Fisher when in Wilmington. The historic site is well maintained and informative. Just across the road is access to enjoy the beautiful Kure Beach. Entrance is free with a donation box inside the museum.

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