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Fort Fisher State Historic Site

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Address: 1610 Fort Fisher Blvd S, Kure Beach, NC 28449-3755
Phone Number: +1 910-458-5538
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At the dawn of the American Civil War, the Confederacy took control of land...

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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Beautiful beach and not as populated as many other beaches some tourists frequent. So very relaxing!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Gloucester, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful beach and not as populated as many other beaches some tourists frequent. So very relaxing!

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Columbus, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A small but interesting Civil War fort. Plenty of artifacts and a theater room where you can learn more about the fort's history and battles fought there. It was an earthen fortress, so no buildings remain but still an interesting site nonetheless. The museum is free but they do have a donation box.

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Kernersville, North Carolina, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was fun to walk around and look into history. Fun and knowledgeable staff here to help out. It was nice to walk up the mounds and see what the soldiers would have seen.

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Millstone, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My boyfriend and I accidentally came across this! We parked for a break from our roadtrip and turned around and saw this. I'm happy we tried it out! It's so cool that they have the preserved land where the actual battle took place. Also a great way to escape the heat if you walk around inside.

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Kennerdell, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are a civil war buff this is a must see attraction. Lots of history at this fort and you wont be dissappointed

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Rock Hill, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well done museum and surrounding exhibits outdoors for civil war buffs. Learn all about the final battle for the last port of the confederacy on the east coast.

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McDonough, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Staff is very knowledgeable about the functioning of the fort and battles that took place there. This was a very important Fort to the Confederacy and one of the main life lines to to rest of the world. Most Americans though don't know what occurred here and the importance the area played in the American Civil War. Take some time... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I would highly recommend this place to everyone so they can all have the privilege of learning the history and what the war was about. There are artifacts that can be seen and it's a free adventure for everyone! However, because it's free, they do have a donation box to help keep it open for generations to come!!! Please visit... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a very interesting site. The museum had several stations that provided both written details on that event in history but had actual artifacts from the battle. Our guide Steve provided interesting stories that encompassed that Era that you would not find anywhere else. Please stop and visit. Well worth it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Do stop and check out fort fisher when in the area. Nice little museum and the historical grounds sit between the Atlantic and cape fear river. Drive 4 miles down the road and take the car ferry to southport.

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