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

  • September 1 and 2:
    Fort Fisher's and North Carolina's WWII Experience

    Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm
    Sunday, 12 pm to 4 pm

    Family fun awaits visitors Labor Day weekend, as we host a two-day activity-filled program telling the story of a lesser-known side of Fort Fisher and its role as an anti-aircraft training base during World War II. Military and civilian reenactors will set up displays (including military vehicles and weapons) on the old airstrip to discuss the life of a soldier, as well as loved ones on the home front.
    The program will include tours, military weapon demonstrations, special guest speakers, and more. The "Toy Soldier Workshop' will be held both days and kids of all ages will enjoy painting toy soldiers and learning about military uniforms. General program admission is free, though there may be a small charge for some tours. For a donation, visitors can also ride in one of the authentic World War II jeeps featured at the program.
    Saturday's speaker schedule is as follows: at 11 am, Paul Peeples, of the US Marine Corps Historical Company, will discuss North Carolina's US Marines' World War II connections. At 1 pm, Stormi Souter-Brown will present "This is My War Too," a discussion of the contributions of the Women's Army Corps soldiers (WACs) at NC military bases and abroad. At 3 pm, Cliff Tyndall will discuss the role of Camp Davis and Fort Fisher. Tyndall will speak again Sunday at 12:30 pm and at 2:30 pm, John Moseley will discuss the Women Army Service Pilots (WASPs) at Camp Davis and Fort Fisher. All presentations are free and open to the public and will be held in the Spencer Theater.
    All Fort Fisher programming is made possible through the generous support of the Friends of Fort Fisher, its sustaining members, New Hanover County, the town of Carolina Beach, and the town of Kure Beach. Program components are subject to change. For more information, please call the site at 910-251-7340.

  • 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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