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

  • July 26:
    Hidden Beneath the Sand

    Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm
    Explore the history of Fort Fisher through the archaeological record found both on land and in our local waterways. Listen as a maritime archaeologist from the North Carolina Underwater Archaeology Lab speaks on the amazing historical finds in the Cape Fear region, and the work that is underway mapping Civil War era ships. Educational and hands-on activities will focus on the role of archaeologists in understanding Fort Fisher's history, and how they accomplish their important work. Author Richard Triebe will talk about his new book in the Spencer Theater located inside the museum at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm., and will be on hand to sign copies of "Point Lookout Prison and Hospital". The program is free, and open to the public.

  • September 27:
    Rose Greenhow Day

    On September 27, 2014, we are holding the Rose Greenhow commemoration program from 10 am-4 pm. So mark your calendar . . . details are forthcoming.

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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