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Fort Fisher State Historic Site

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1610 Fort Fisher Blvd S, Kure Beach, NC 28449-3755
+1 910-251-7340
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A great piece of history and so glad it’s well preserved. The staff was knowledgeable and the area... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
janconover
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Venice, Florida
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Historic, educational and beautiful

Spend a couple of hours going through the sites and would recommend going to the museum first so... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Victoria R R
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Raleigh, United States
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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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1610 Fort Fisher Blvd S, Kure Beach, NC 28449-3755
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A great piece of history and so glad it’s well preserved. The staff was knowledgeable and the area is well planned. Thank you!!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Spend a couple of hours going through the sites and would recommend going to the museum first so you understand what the areas are that you can walk or drive to.

Thank Victoria R R
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Reviewed April 12, 2018 via mobile

We found a safety fair on our bike ride, and met marines, coast guard, and police .it was great riding the beach tanker that they took us for rides around the historic grounds. It was a great place to relax after riding our bikes

Thank Vera R
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Reviewed April 7, 2018 via mobile

The guides were very informative and the exhibits quite interesting especially if you are a Civil War buff this was a key location leading to the end of the war

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Reviewed April 5, 2018 via mobile

Stroll on the grounds that were vital during the Civil War. Walk the beaches where battles were fought. All on the shores of the Atlantic.. We'll be back

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Reviewed March 24, 2018

Who knew Fort Fisher was key to Confederacy's fall? After Fort Fisher fell, then the last logistics port of Wilmington was taken and Confederates were out of supplies. Nice museum, fun to walk the fortifications and battery mounds. Scenic. Excellent way to spend an afternoon.

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Reviewed March 23, 2018

Nice walk to observe bunkers and history about Fort Fisher, Pictures with information along the way to quench your curiosity

Thank Victoria L
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Reviewed March 12, 2018

My family and I enjoy museums and old forts / war sites / history sites. We never knew what a significance and importance this site was during the civil war. Very interesting story / history, and the museum was great. not expensive good place to...More

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Reviewed March 5, 2018

We visited Fort Fisher in late February when it was cold and windy, so we didn't walk around outside. However, the museum itself was really interesting and we learned so much. The staff is absolutely wonderful and helpful.

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Reviewed February 28, 2018 via mobile

I am an avid historian, I enjoy seeing and learning new parts of our history and sharing them with my wife. Walking the Fort was fascinating and educational.

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