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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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