Kure Beach in New Hanover County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Fort Fisher’s Last Stand
—Confederate Lifeline —
On Christmas Day 1864, during the first of two battles for Fort Fisher, the Confederate sailors and marines manning the four-gun battery here repulsed Federal boats dragging New Inlet for torpedoes (mines), sinking one vessel. During the second battle, on January 15, 1865, Confederate commanders Gen. W.H.C. Whiting and Col. William Lamb fell wounded. When it became clear that the fort must be surrendered, Lamb later wrote, the two men were “hurriedly removed on stretchers to Battery Buchanan where [Maj. James Reilly] proposed to make a stand ... but we found the guns spiked and every means of transportation, even the barge and crew of the colonel commanding, taken by Capt. R.T. Chapman of our navy, who ... had abandoned us to our fate.” Soon the Federal force, led
Reilly surrendered both the battery and Fort Fisher here, waving a handkerchief tied to his sword. Capt. E. Lewis Moore, 7th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry, accepted the surrender and the sword. Years later, in 1893, Moore generously returned the sword to Reilly, and it is displayed in the Fort Fisher Museum.
Erected by North Carolina Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the North Carolina Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 33° 57.59′ N, 77° 56.516′ W. Marker is in Kure Beach, North Carolina, in New Hanover County. Marker can be reached from Fort Fisher Boulevard South (U.S. 421) 1.4 miles south of Loggerhead Road. Touch for map. The marker is located at the south end of Fort Fisher Boulevard near the Fort Fisher - Southport Ferry terminal. 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 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Blockade-Running (approx. 1.4 miles away); Fighting the Sea - Saving the Fort (approx. 1.4 miles away); Union Fiasco - The First Battle (approx. 1½ miles away); Fort Fisher Monument (approx. 1½ miles away); W.H.C. Whiting Shepherd’s Bombproof (approx. 1½ miles away); Restoration of Shepherd’s Battery (approx. 1½ miles away); Shepherd’s Battery (approx. 1½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kure Beach.
More about this marker. On the lower right is a wartime map of the area.
On the upper center is a “Timothy O’Sullivan photograph of Battery Buchanan”
On the lower center are portraits of battle participants: “Col. William Lamb”; “Capt. R.T. Chapman” Courtesy of Naval Historical Center; “Capt. E. Lewis Moore” Courtesy of David M. Moore and family; “Maj. James Reilly” Courtesy of Cape Fear Museum
On the upper right is a photo of the “Regimental flag, 27th U.S.C.T.” Courtesy of Ohio Historical Society
On the lower right is a photo of “Maj. Reilly’s sword”
Also see . . .
1. Fort Fisher. North Carolina Historic Sites (Submitted on March 15, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. Coastal North Carolina - Fort Fisher State Historic Site. North Carolina Civil War Trails (Submitted on March 15, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
Categories. • African Americans • Forts, Castles • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 15, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,663 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on March 15, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.