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 27:
    "The Most Terrible Storm of Iron and Lead": Artillery at Fort Fisher

    Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm
    Come explore the use of various types of artillery used in the defense of Fort Fisher. 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 attacks in December 1864 and January 1865. The 32-pound cannon will be fired at 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm, and 4 pm. Between cannon firings, the site's 12-pound bronze Napoleon full-scale reproduction cannon will be in Shepherd's Battery, as interpreters discuss the field artillery drill and illustrate the loading and firing procedures with a hands-on activity. Rounding out the day's activities will be costumed tours of the remaining earthworks at 10:00am, 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3:00 pm. This program is free, and open to the public. Donations are always welcomed and appreciated.

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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