Near Kure Beach in New Hanover County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Headquarters of Fort Fisher
Here stood the Headquarters of Fort Fisher. The construction of the fort began in the summer of 1862 under the direction of Colonel William Lamb Commandant, who with General W.H.C. Whiting and Major James Reilly served until the fort was captured on January 15, 1865. Each of the bombardments by the Federal fleet of December 24-25, 1864, and January 13-15, 1865, was heavier than any other naval demonstration in the history of the world. In the January attack were engaged 58 warships, which landed with attendant transports an army of about 10,000 men.
Fort Fisher protected, against Federal opposition, a large and important foreign trade in war supplies necessary to the existence of the Confederacy.
Near this point stood a flag staff of Fort Fisher which was shattered by a Federal shell on December 24, 1864. A new staff was erected and Private Christopher C. Bland, of the 36th N.C. Regiment, volunteered during the heavy bombardment to replace the flag. It was again shot down, and Bland once more climbed the staff and attached the colors.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and Castles • War, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1861.
Location. 33° 58.155′ N, 77° 55.077′ W. Marker is near Kure Beach, North Carolina, in New Hanover County. Marker is on Battle Acre Road east of Fort Fisher Boulevard South (U.S. 421), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kure Beach NC 28449, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Fisher Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Fisher (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); W.H.C. Whiting (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Fort Fisher (about 500 feet away); Fighting the Sea - Saving the Fort (about 600 feet away); Blockade-Running (about 600 feet away); Fort Fisher Since 1865 (about 600 feet away); Fort Fisher’s Armstrong Cannon (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kure Beach.
Also see . . . Fort Fisher. North Carolina Historic Sites entry (Submitted on March 15, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 21, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 15, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 844 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 15, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.