Kure Beach in New Hanover County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Steam-powered blockade-runners, usually British, made 1,300 attempts to enter Southern ports with vital supplies during the Civil War. More than 1,000 of the trips succeeded.
The most successful vessels were specially built for the trade—stealthy, steam-powered, shallow-draft, low-profile, camouflaged gray phantoms.
Yet entering the cape fear below Wilmington was not easy. U.S. navy blockaders, dangerous coastal waters, and shoals thwarted many attempts. Wrecks of 34 blockade-runners remain underwater around the greater Wilmington coastal area.
Erected by Fort Fisher State Historic Site. (Marker Number 13.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and Castles • War, US Civil • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 33° 58.08′ N, 77° 55.165′ W. Marker is in Kure Beach, North Carolina, in New Hanover County. Marker can be reached from Battle Acre Road near Fort Fisher Boulevard South (U.S. 421). This marker is located in the oceanfront 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. Fighting the Sea - Saving the Fort (here, next to this marker); Fort Fisher Monument (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Headquarters of Fort Fisher (about 600 feet away); W.H.C. Whiting (about 800 feet away); Fort Fisher (about 800 feet away); a different marker also named Fort Fisher (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Fisher Since 1865 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Capture! (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kure Beach.
More about this marker. On the center left is a photo of "The 268-foot steamship Robert E. Lee, built in Scotland in 1860, made at least seven round trips into Wilmington. Then she was captured off North Carolina and joined the Union navy as a blockader."
On the lower left is a drawing of the "The costly, steel-hulled Colonel Lamb—built in Liverpool, England, in 1864 and 280 feet long—was one of the largest blockade runners of the war. The vessel made only two trips into Wilmington before Fort Fisher fell."
On the upper right is a drawing of the blockade runner Condor. It carries the caption, "With a disguised
On the lower right is a photo with the caption, "Confederate spy Rose O’Neal Greenhow, shown here with her daughter, was aboard the Condor. With several thousand dollars in gold coins, some allegedly sewn into her dress, she insisted upon being out ashore and was placed in a small lifeboat. In the high seas and heavy surf, the boat capsized and she drowned. Her body was buried in Wilmington."
Also see . . .
1. Fort Fisher. North Carolina Historic Sites entry (Submitted on March 16, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.)
2. The Blockade Runners Race of 1864. Cape Fear Historical Institute (Submitted on March 18, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 21, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 16, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,660 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 16, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.