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

  • November 27 - 28:
    Site Closed

    We will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving (state holiday) on Thursday, November 27th, and Friday, November 28th. We will reopen Saturday, November 29th on our regular schedule.

  • December 6:
    "We Kept Our Courage Up"
    Artillery Program

    Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm
    This program will focus on commemorating the first Federal attack on Fort Fisher in December 1864. The Confederate defenders at Fort Fisher withstood a substantial naval bombardment and a floating bomb. Civil War re-enactors will set up displays of camp life and talk with visitors about the life of the soldiers, sailors and Marines from both sides of the December 1864 campaign. Throughout the day, Fort Fisher will be firing the site's 32-pound Seacoast Rifled and Banded cannon. Costumed interpreters will be on hand to interpret the drill and equipment of the massive rifled cannon that would have been found at Fort Fisher during the attack in December 1864. The 32-pound cannon will be fired at 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm, and 4 pm. Admission is free, and open to the public.

  • December 9:
    Holiday Open House

    Tuesday, 10 am - 4 pm
    Enjoy seasonal refreshments, decorations, and entertainment throughout the day, with performances by the Murray Middle School Jazz Band, John Golden as Blockade Runner Captain Roberts, and Dr. John Bennett and Masonboro Parlor presenting period music and dance. Enjoy a 25% discount in the Museum Shop, and join us for our 2014 Musket Raffle Drawing. Admission is free, and open to the public.

  • December 24 - 26
    Site Closed

    We will be closed Wednesday, December 24th through Friday, December 26th in observance of Christmas (state holiday). We will re-open to the public on Saturday, December 27th on our regular schedule.

Fort Fisher Information

Contact Us

Ft. Fisher
1610 Ft. Fisher Blvd. South
Kure Beach, NC 28449
Phone: (910) 458-5538
Fax: (910) 458-0477
Email: fisher@ncdcr.gov

Hours of Operation

Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Closed Sunday and Monday 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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