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Fort Fisher State Historic Site

1610 Fort Fisher Blvd S, Kure Beach, NC 28449-3755
+1 910-251-7340
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North Carolina History

Fort Fisher is located at the confluence of the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean and was a... read more

Reviewed 10 December 2017
Denver, Colorado
Alot of history to be seen.

It took us 3 hours to visit the museum and grounds on our own. Nice trail around the mounds. We... read more

Reviewed 7 December 2017
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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
+1 910-251-7340
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Reviewed 10 December 2017

Fort Fisher is located at the confluence of the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean and was a real fort during the Civil War. I remember as a kid walking out into the blockade that had been constructed. The museum is a great place...More

Thank JimH_Tarheel
Reviewed 7 December 2017

It took us 3 hours to visit the museum and grounds on our own. Nice trail around the mounds. We didn't take the tour but we did overhear the guide and he seemed thorough and full of knowledge. Didn't realize how much history was in...More

Thank clover624
Reviewed 21 November 2017 via mobile

Our tour guide, Ray, told us he had worked at the site for 20 years. His extensive knowledge and insight almost made us believe he had been there during the Civil War battle. The tour took about two hours and was a bargain for $10...More

Thank Jerry_Bagnell
Reviewed 15 November 2017

The mounds are there, new exhibits of cannons nice trail around the fort. Nice views of the river and the ocean. Nice walking trails beyond the fort for scenery surfing lying on the beach.

Thank richlee1975
Reviewed 14 November 2017

Learn about the battle and see the actual site. Very informative. You can do a self guided tour or a guided one. There is also a museum filled with interesting things.

Thank Doreen M
Reviewed 13 November 2017

We could have easily spent half a day here if it hadn’t been cold; the area itself is beautiful with a beach, museum across the street and the state park down the road - seems to be well maintained with large aged matured slightly bent...More

Thank 478camenw
Reviewed 8 November 2017

If you like civil war history you will like visiting this site. You will learn quite a bit about what took place at this site. Great movie there also

Thank Glenn L
Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

This was an interesting visit. I had no idea what a crucial role Fort Fisher played in the waning months of the civil war. There is a nice visitor center with informative interpretive exhibits, and a small gift shop. The fort itself is very interesting....More

Thank Wallyworld59
Reviewed 20 October 2017

My husband and I went before going into the Aquarium. It's just a little further beyond the Aquarium and easy to drive to. Free and a very nice walk with sign's to tell you about Fort Fisher.

Thank Ann C
Reviewed 17 October 2017

This place is a must see ! greta historic site and the guide was very knowledgeable and accomodating to history buffs with comments and questions. Loved the nuseum and its displays. Got some great stuff in the gift shop as well. Don't miss this little...More

Thank Edward S
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This is the third time I tried to answer, so I hope it doesn't end up posting all 3 times. It takes about an hour to an hour and a half to go over all of it.
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