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The Military Post of Fort Macon in the Nineteenth Century

 
 
The Military Post of Fort Macon in the Nineteenth Century Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 16, 2014
1. The Military Post of Fort Macon in the Nineteenth Century Marker
Inscription. If you could go back in time to the years of the last half of the Nineteenth Century you would find this area looked quite a bit different than it does today. The area around Fort Macon was cleared of any vegetation. The fort itself was only one building of a small military city that once existed here. Scattered around the fort were a number of quarters, buildings and support structures that enabled it to function as a military post. These building included officer quarters, laundress quarters, a storehouse, stables, a hospital, and a railroad extending down to the wharf. Also included were wells, a bake house, a blacksmith’s shop, a boat house and the “sink,” which served as the privy for the fort’s garrison. During 1855 to 1862, a 50-foot brick lighthouse and a 30-foot beacon also stood near the fort until they were destroyed during the War Between the States.

Of all these structures, only the fort remains today. Most of these structures were wood frame buildings that did not fare well in the coastal environment as the years passed. The last of them were sold as removed in the early 1900s after Fort Macon was abandoned.

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(upper right) The railroad from the wharf, looking toward the fort. Supplies and munitions were offloaded from supply vessels at the wharf onto railroad flatcars,
The Military Post of Fort Macon in the Nineteenth Century image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 16, 2014
2. The Military Post of Fort Macon in the Nineteenth Century
On the table is a display of a Civil War soldier's wares.
which were pulled by horses or mules up to the fort.
(center right) One of several small cottages outside the fort that served as officer quarters or laundress quarters.
(lower right) A sketch of the Blacksmith Shop made by a Union soldier.
 
Location. 34° 41.84′ N, 76° 40.724′ W. Marker is in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, in Carteret County. Marker can be reached from East Fort Macon Road (County Route 1190) 3.6 miles east of Atlantic Beach Causeway (County Route 1182). Touch for map. The marker is on the grounds of the Fort Macon State Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2303 East Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach NC 28512, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Macon in the 1920s and 1930s (here, next to this marker); World War II Barracks Area (here, next to this marker); World War II Defenses (a few steps from this marker); Fort Macon Coast Guard Station (a few steps from this marker); Officers Quarters at Fort Macon (within shouting distance of this marker); 30-Pounder Parrott Rifle (within shouting distance of this marker); Bogue Banks Lighthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Cistern (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Atlantic Beach.
 
Also see . . .  Fort Macon State Park. N.C. Division of Parks & Recreation (Submitted on September 15, 2014.) 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 12, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 181 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 12, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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