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Historical Markers in Kure Beach, North Carolina

 
Clickable Map of New Hanover County, North Carolina and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg New Hanover County, NC (102) Brunswick County, NC (62) Pender County, NC (18)  NewHanoverCounty(102) New Hanover County (102)  BrunswickCounty(62) Brunswick County (62)  PenderCounty(18) Pender County (18)
Wilmington is the county seat for New Hanover County
Kure Beach is in New Hanover County
      New Hanover County (102)  
ADJACENT TO NEW HANOVER COUNTY
      Brunswick County (62)  
      Pender County (18)  
 
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1North Carolina (New Hanover County), Kure Beach — A Trophy of War
After the fall of Fort Fisher, the Armstrong gun became a war trophy and the focus of photographs and newspaper articles. Union soldiers, such as Captain Trickey of the 3rd New Hampshire, noted the “elegantly mounted Armstrong gun … the . . . Map (db m28683) HM
2North Carolina (New Hanover County), Kure Beach — Battery BuchananFort Fisher’s Last Stand — Confederate Lifeline —
These are the remnants of Battery Buchanan, named for Confederate Adm. Franklin Buchanan. It was constructed in 1864 to guard this point and also to serve as “a citadel to which an overpowered garrison might retreat.” It was the last . . . Map (db m28637) HM
3North Carolina (New Hanover County), Kure Beach — 13 — Blockade-Running
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 . . . Map (db m28680) HM
4North Carolina (New Hanover County), Kure Beach — 2 — Blockade-Running
The agricultural South imported many things from Europe, particularly Great Britain. The North blockaded southern ports to stop this trade. In response, the Confederates used fast ships for blockade-running.Map (db m28666) HM
5North Carolina (New Hanover County), Kure Beach — D-98 — Bromine Extraction
Ethyl-Dow plant, which operated here, 1934-1945, pioneered extraction of bromine from sea water. Element used in Ethyl, anti-knock gas compound.Map (db m125712) HM
6North Carolina (New Hanover County), Kure Beach — 11 — Capture!
The Union fleet returned in January 1865 and fired another 20,000 shells in three days. Supported by this massive gunfire and a naval landing party, the U.S. Army captured the fort on January 15.Map (db m28678) HM
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7North Carolina (New Hanover County), Kure Beach — 14 — Fighting the Sea - Saving the Fort
Seacoast erosion, intensified by hurricanes and other major storms, has been a problem and controversial issue at Fort Fisher and elsewhere along the North Carolina coast for decades. Erosion at Fort Fisher intensified after the 1930s. By 1968 . . . Map (db m28681) HM
8North Carolina (New Hanover County), Kure Beach — Fort FisherState Historic Site
Largest earthen coastal fortification in the Confederacy. Original construction commenced May, 1861 and continued until December, 1864, when the fort came under Federal assault. Fort Fisher kept Wilmington open to blockade runners, providing a . . . Map (db m28634) HM
9North Carolina (New Hanover County), Kure Beach — D 12 — Fort Fisher
Built by Confederacy. Its fall, Jan. 15, 1865, closed Wilmington, last important southern port for blockade running.Map (db m28632) HM
10North Carolina (New Hanover County), Kure Beach — Fort Fisher Monument
(south face) In memory of those men of the Confederate States Army who for more than three years manned the guns of Fort Fisher under command of Colonel William Lamb, Major General W.H.C. Whiting and Major James Reilly. (north . . . Map (db m28640) HM
11North Carolina (New Hanover County), Kure Beach — 12 — Fort Fisher Since 1865
Union troops briefly occupied Fort Fisher. Since then the only military activity here was training in World War II.Map (db m28679) HM
12North Carolina (New Hanover County), Kure Beach — Fort Fisher’s Armstrong Cannon
The most effective gun in the fort. – Col. William Lamb, Fort Fisher commander The Confederacy relied heavily on English artillery during the Civil War. A variety of English cannons, including Whitworths and Blakelys, were imported . . . Map (db m28682) HM
13North Carolina (New Hanover County), Kure Beach — 4 — Growth of Fort Fisher, 1861-1862
In April 1861 Capt. Charles P. Bolles began building individual gun batteries at Confederate Point.Map (db m28669) HM
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14North Carolina (New Hanover County), Kure Beach — 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 . . . Map (db m28635) HM
15North Carolina (New Hanover County), Kure Beach — 3 — History Trail
In the Civil War Fort Fisher kept the port of Wilmington open for crucial supplies from Europe. The fort finally fell in January 1865 after two of the largest sea-land battles of the war.Map (db m28667) HM
16North Carolina (New Hanover County), Kure Beach — 5 — Lamb Expands the Fort, 1862-1865
Col. William Lamb took command on July 4, 1862. For two years over 1,000 soldiers, slaves, and free blacks worked six days a week. J.A. McMillan, a soldier at Fort Fisher, wrote: “They everlastingly make us work. … We work nine hours . . . Map (db m28670) HM
17North Carolina (New Hanover County), Kure Beach — D-113 — Modern Greece
Blockade runner. Ran aground and sank 400 yds. E., June 1862. Its salvage 1962 led state to open an underwater archaeology office.Map (db m125748) HM
18North Carolina (New Hanover County), Kure Beach — 7 — Restoration of Shepherd’s Battery
Over the years man and nature destroyed much of Fort Fisher. Restoration of this battery was based on archaeological, historical, and photographic evidence.Map (db m28673) HM
19North Carolina (New Hanover County), Kure Beach — 6 — River Road Sally Port
The River Road sally port was the fort’s main land entrance. At 3:30 p.m. on January 15, 1865, Union infantry charged into this end of the fort.Map (db m28672) HM
20North Carolina (New Hanover County), Kure Beach — 8 — Shepherd’s Battery
Shepherd’s, one of the oldest batteries in the fort, guarded its western end.Map (db m28674) HM
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21North Carolina (New Hanover County), Kure Beach — 8 — Shepherd’s Battery
Shepherd’s, one of the oldest batteries in the fort, guarded its western end.Map (db m28675) HM
22North Carolina (New Hanover County), Kure Beach — 9 — Shepherd’s Bombproof
Improved artillery made brick forts obsolete. Rooms covered with sand provided better protection for defenders.Map (db m28676) HM
23North Carolina (New Hanover County), Kure Beach — 10 — Union Fiasco - The First Battle
On Christmas Day 1864 Federal warships engaged the fort. Approximately 2,700 Union infantry disembarked from the Union transports. However, the absence of army/navy cooperation, bad weather, and rumors of rebel reinforcements prevented the success . . . Map (db m28677) HM
24North Carolina (New Hanover County), Kure Beach — D-102 — W.H.C. Whiting1824 - 1865
Confederate major general and engineer. He devised the Cape Fear defense system. Wounded nearby in fall of fort. Died in Union hospital.Map (db m28633) HM
 
 
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Sep. 30, 2022