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“Confederate Money”

Fort Fisher State Historic Site
Ranked #2 of 10 things to do in Kure Beach
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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.
Richlands, North Carolina
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10 reviews
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“Confederate Money”
Reviewed July 3, 2012

I remember an oddly shaped tree out front in the parking area it was very cool. as for the museum it had a lot of history in it. My companion especially enjoyed reading about the explosives and old bombs they had in there. They also had original confederate money which i thought was neat.

Visited April 2012
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Asheville, North Carolina
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“Wow. I wanted a history of the fort”
Reviewed June 29, 2012

We were so excited to visit Fort Fisher. We arrived and toured the facility. We joined a group for a tour of the grounds. The guide talked and talked about everything but the fort. We were so disappointed. No history was given from the southern side perspective. The guide offered no interconnectivity with his audience. We did not finish the tour. What a sour note to our day. Come on Fort Fisher, you need to talk to your staff about sharing to many personal opinions and stick with only the history of the fort. If we wanted a step by step of the whole war, I would have watched it on the history channel.

Visited June 2012
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Surf City, North Carolina
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“Really enjoyed FFisher and the easy flow of the tour”
Reviewed June 28, 2012

We were just visiting Fort Fisher yesterday. One huge word of advice-BRING A SWIM SUIT ALONG! This visit was just perfect for us. We listened to a short creative history lesson and then walked out to look at the museum period items and out the back door for a beautiful scenic walk
filled with artifacts of the war. Even interesting for a non history buff. The walk was total pleasure-
being along the coast line with the smell of the salt air and the gentle ocean breeze made this a
adventure in itself. But be sure not to miss while you are parked "free" n the parking lot the chance to go down to the ocean and enjoy some time to cool off on the beach. There are life guards and if you go to the beach area in town parking is slim. This is so much preferred. Huge beach area - pet friendly- so if you are prepared with leash and a umbrella for your
other family member all can share a lovely time at the beach. Sooo relaxing and a good way
for children to run off that energy after learning a great deal of history. I would like to add that the scenic walk way is very kid friendly and they can run and holler and no one is going to act
like they are out of order. There are showers outside to wash off and a very nice clean restroom for changing your attire. What a super value and what a great day. After all this
you can drive a mile or two to some great restaurants-shopping in the beach style or a arcade
and board walk full of rides. Dont miss your chance for a Britts donut-rated for years the second best donut in the WORLD. Also great reviews in Southern living magazine. We had a slice of pizza across from Britts and finished with a donut and were able to walk around again
to enjoy the beach life and the excitement of the crowds. A total package and you spend what your are comfy. All a amazing value.

Visited June 2012
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NC
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“Excellent”
Reviewed June 27, 2012 via mobile

It was beautiful so much history. And it was free to walk around, the gift shop was reasonably priced. Just over all wonderful

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Wilmington, NC
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“pictures on the beach”
Reviewed June 24, 2012

It is great to take pictures down there of the rocks and the trees, but beware of sand flies!

Visited April 2012
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