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Fort Fisher State Historic Site

1610 Fort Fisher Blvd S, Kure Beach, NC 28449-3755
+1 910-458-5538
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Small Facility with Glimpse into History

Only small pieces of Fort Fisher remain. It is a quick stop along the way to the aquarium or the... read more

Reviewed May 27, 2017
Robert W
Education and remembrance

At the end of Highway 421 South is the Civil War battleground at Fort Fisher. The museum is free to... read more

Reviewed May 25, 2017
Patti R
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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
+1 910-458-5538
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Reviewed May 27, 2017

Only small pieces of Fort Fisher remain. It is a quick stop along the way to the aquarium or the beach with a few signs, cannons and a quick history tour. You will not need to spend much time here as the focus is the...More

Thank Robert W
Reviewed May 25, 2017 via mobile

At the end of Highway 421 South is the Civil War battleground at Fort Fisher. The museum is free to the public (Closed on Monday). Since the park commemorated the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Fort Fisher two years ago, many improvements were made...More

Thank Patti R
Reviewed May 23, 2017

Every time we stop here I find myself seeing something that I don't remember seeing before. I'd prefer to think they are constantly adding exhibits rather to think my memory has become defective :-) The staff is very informative and the lighted layout of the...More

Thank Genie M
Fort_Fisher_SHS, Front Office Manager at Fort Fisher State Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded May 25, 2017

Dear Genie, Thank you for stopping to visit! Thanks to the Friends of Fort Fisher's support, I can tell you without a doubt, its not your memory. They fund our new and updated exhibits based on our research and help us acquire new artifacts. We...More

Reviewed May 18, 2017

Truth: have you ever heard of Fort Fisher? I hadn't before I started looking up places to go in Wilmington. This state historic sight does a good job of presenting context and details of the siege(s) and eventual capture of the port of Wilmington by...More

Thank Richard S
Reviewed May 5, 2017 via mobile

I've been here a few times in the past but this trip I was alone and spend time reading history as well as viewing the museum. I also walked the grounds on both sides of road reading about what actually happened here. Like most wars...More

Thank Rwine54
Reviewed May 3, 2017 via mobile

This is a spot that held the key to the Confederacy survival, located where the Cape Fear River meets the Atlantic Ocean. Wilmington is upriver and was the railhead and supply point to the Confederacy. The grounds are preserved with an excellent walking trail and...More

Thank msusandel
Reviewed May 2, 2017 via mobile

This is a self guided tour of the old battlefield, not much to see but a nice Museum and gift shop. It is worth the time to visit and has clean restrooms.

Thank James G
Reviewed May 2, 2017

This was an earthen fort so no buildings to be seen. The eastern side of the fort was destroyed for a runway during WWII and a later road, and then very bad erosion. The fort protected Wilmington from the North in order to receive supplies....More

Thank george b
Reviewed April 24, 2017

I've been to several civil war and other forts (i.e. Ft. Macon, Ft. Sumpter, St. Augustine, etc) and this one is somewhat rinky dink. It's not bad, it is in a nice place, there just isn't much to it. They have events where there are...More

Thank fsu23phd
Reviewed April 16, 2017

Adequate parking and a small museum of the history of the fort and its roll in Civil War. Self guided tours and museum are free. Worth it just to learn about this fort's roll in the Civil War. Just south of Kure beach, which is...More

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