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

  • January 17 - 18:
    150th Anniversary Special Event

    Saturday, 9 am - 7 pm
    Sunday, 9 am - 4 pm

    This program will span 2 days and will be packed with events, Civil War re-enactors, speakers, tours, and vendors. This year's theme will look at the sacrifice made by both sides in the war and that assertion that there was "glory enough for all" during the second attack on Fort Fisher in January 1865. An official opening observance is scheduled for 11:00am on Saturday prior to the battle tactical. It will feature National Park Service Historian Emeritus Ed Bearss and selected State officials. A closing commemoration will be following the Sunday morning tactical. The site will be offering guided lantern tours, speakers, and much more. Civil War era music will be provided by The Shanty Men and The Huckleberry Brothers. All Fort Fisher progamming is made possible by Friends of Fort Fisher and its sustaining members. The bulk of the program is free. Donations are 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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