Ft. Fisher

Civil War – National Historic Landmark

Until the last few months of the Civil War, Fort Fisher kept North Carolina's port of Wilmington open to blockade-runners supplying necessary goods to Confederate armies inland. By 1865, the supply line through Wilmington was the last remaining supply route open to Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. When Ft. Fisher fell after a massive Federal amphibious assault on January 15, 1865, its defeat helped seal the fate of the Confederacy. Continued

The Site

The Port

The Fort

The Civil War at Ft. Fisher


1st Attack

2nd Attack

Battle Maps


The Forces


Fort Fisher

What's New

Upcoming Events

  • April 7:
    Park Day 2018

    Saturday, 8:30 am - 12 pm
    As part of Civil War Trust Park Day, volunteers of all ages are needed Saturday, April 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon to help beautify and preserve Fort Fisher, the largest earthen fortification in the Confederacy. Now in its 21st year, Park Day is an annual hands-on preservation event created by the Civil War Trust to assist with the maintenance of America's Civil War Sites. Volunteers of all ability levels are welcome and encouraged to participate.
    Many activities are appropriate for groups such as scout troops, service clubs, and church youth groups. At noon, all registered volunteers will be treated to lunch provided by the Friends of Fort Fisher, the non-profit group which supports the site, along with its sustaining members. All Park Day 2018 volunteers are asked to register in advance by April 6, 2018 by calling Assistant Site Manager John Moseley at (910) 251-7342 or by emailing him at john.moseley@ncdcr.gov. In addition to lunch, registered volunteers will receive a free Civil War Trust Park Day t-shirt. Gloves and tools are also supplied. "Park Day is a fantastic opportunity for our friends and neighbors to make a difference in their community by helping to maintain and preserve our valuable history and one of the most scenic and historically significant places in the nation," Moseley said. "We truly appreciate all the support we get and encourage everyone to volunteer."

  • Stay tuned for upcoming events . . .

View NC DNCR Upcoming Events Calendar

Fort Fisher Information

Contact Us

Ft. Fisher
1610 Ft. Fisher Blvd. South
Kure Beach, NC 28449
Phone: (910) 251-7340
Fax: (910) 458-0477
Email: fisher@ncdcr.gov

Hours of Operation

Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sundays, 12 noon - 5 pm, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

Closed Mondays and most major state holidays.


No admission fees. There is a suggested donation at some special events. School and other large groups should schedule at least two weeks in advance.

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