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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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Fort Fisher fell to the Union and the north finally strangled the South

Good site to understand a pivotal Civil War battle sealing the Union's blockade of the South. See the museum, the video and the outdoor fortification.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Good site to understand a pivotal Civil War battle sealing the Union's blockade of the South. See the museum, the video and the outdoor fortification.

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Surf City, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We visited the civil war museum just after the aquarium. The exhibits were well put together....unfortunately, with my broken leg, I did not make it outside, but would definitely plan on coming back to get the full tour

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

My daughter and I enjoyed visiting the site of the old Civil War fort site and touring the museum and grounds. Very pleasant stroll around the well kept grounds.

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Asheboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Interesting Civil War historic site. Beautiful walk through history along the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean

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Zebulon, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

I walked the Fort with my 7 year old son because I enjoy history. I didn't think he would care about it at all and would complain. I was sorely mistaken. The plaques and descriptions of the battles and history had him deeply interested and wanting to learn more. He spent time at each station reading about what happened and... More 

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Waycross, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

What an awesome sight. It was surprising how much of the fort still exists. Just a short drive from Wilmington. I will definitely come again. Great museum with some unusual artillery and cannons I had not seen before.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Bring sun tan lotion, water shoes, and towels. History buffets will love this place. I never heard of Ft. Fisher and was surprised by its importance to history and recent uses by the military.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

As we entered the building the kids were not as excited as we were... but as the mini adventure started they grew more interested. We spoke more about this experience on the way home than the others. We all walked out with a better understanding about the civil war in fort fisher plus a few souvenirs. Glad we took the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We decided just to make a quick stop in not thinking it wasn't going be anything the kids were going to like but much to our surprise they enjoyed seeing the history of Fort Fisher. And it's totally free you can't beat that.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed the fort and the museum. There are alot of artifacts and history packed into this fort. We knew during the Civil War alot of the forts were built to help supply the South and enable blockade runners to get through but this museum explains the situation very well. Stop and learn the history of this fort. You... More 

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