The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is one of three aquariums in the state system. Located right at the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, its a great opportunity to escape the heat and the sun (or the rain) during a beach day. The aquarium was recently named one of the best aquariums in the US by the Travel Channel and has some great...more
Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, just south of the town of Kure Beach, is a great place to enjoy the sun, sand, and surf in the Wilmington area. Once you turn onto Loggerhead Road of US-421, there is a large parking (yes, free parking) are to the left. But it fills up fast, so try to arrive early. Stairs and a boardwalk lead to the Visitor Center...more
The Union Army and Navy planned several attacks on Fort Fisher and the port of Wilmington but made no attempt until December 24, 1864. After two days of fighting, with little headway Union commanders concluded that the fort was too strong to assault, and the withdrew their forces. However, they returned for a second attempt on January 12, 1865. The...more
Fort Fisher in Kure Beach was an important Civil War fort. Obviously, this was not the ordinary type of rifle but a heavy seacoast weapon—and was the bastion's largest piece of ordnance. Manufactured in England by Sir W. G. Armstrong & Co., of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, the gun was imported as a gift to the Confederacy in 1864. It could hurl its...more
The Aquarium offers a wide variety of free programs and activities year-round. Daily programs include marine life videos, live animal programs, audience participation games, demonstrations and more. Live animal programs in the Aquarium auditorium may feature alligators, sea turtles or snakes. Fish in selected tanks are fed daily.more
Water Wonders It is fun to play in, wonderful to drink, and essential for all life. Water surrounds us and is a part of us. In this session, campers learn why water is so important. While learning, campers get both feet wet doing activities and crafts. Life on Planet Ocean When 70% of the planet is covered by oceans, it seems strange to call our...more
PO Box 76, Kure Beach, North Carolina, United States
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314 Fort Fisher Blvd N, Kure Beach, NC, 28449
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113 S 4th Ave, Kure Beach, NC 28449
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Most parks and historic sites have gift shops, and Fort Fisher is no exception. I didn't buy anything here.
What to buy: The gift shop features flags, books, CDs, T-shirts, and many other unique items related to Fort Fisher and the Civil War.
You can take the ferry across to Oak Island and stay either on the island or at Southport.
We prefer to stay at Oak Island.
It is not so built up like Mrytle Beach and there are plenty of seashells on the beach for the kids.
A T T A C K O F A R M Y I N F A N T R Y F O R C E S
• 3:25 p.m. — As the Union naval column rushes toward the Northeast bastion, N. Martin Curtis yells a simple command: "Forward!" The First Brigade of Ames's division rises and attacks the western salient, running at full speed toward the great sand bastion.
Lamb's Confederates (under Maj. James Reilly) open fire with small arms, as rebel field artillery punishes the flanks of the attacking Federals.
Armed with heavy axes, and under a murderous fire, about 100 of Curtis's bluecoats begin chopping holes in the fort's palisades to make way for the infantry.... Cheering wildly, Union soldiers begin pouring through the gaps, as rebel artillery thunders over the causeway leading to the western sally port.
Many of the Federals become mired in the deep slough along the causeway, directly below Shepherd's Battery. They are punished unmercifully.
In the melee, a fiery N. Martin Curtis boards the fort, challenging his men to slay the enemy. Driven by sheer weight of numbers, the Federals pour over the crest of the battery. Shouting and cursing, the combatants of both sides club each other with their weapons and fists, and jab and slash with their bayonets.
The 117th New York plants its colors on the crest of Shepherd's Battery. By day's end, its fabric will be riddled with bullet holes.
• 3:35 p.m. — Pennypacker's Second Brigade joins the assault. And again, Southern artillery rakes the attackers with shell and canister....
• 4:00 p.m. — More than 4,000 Union troops are crowding the base, slopes, and walls of the western salient, and pouring onto the parade ground behind the fort. Lamb's Confederates are in serious trouble
Fondest memory: The port of Wilmington defended by Fort Fisher was the last Confederate port open. A previous attack by the Union had failed.
This is one of the exhibits at the Visitor's Center
The sign says:
THE BATTLE OF FORT FISHER
The brigade advanced to the charge, obliquing to the right so as to strike the sally port (that having been deemed the only vulnerable point of the work), and after a desparate struggle the advance of the brigate reached the parapet of the fort and scaled it to the first travere... The great confusion consequent upon the peculiar character of the assault, and the confined position of the troops on the parapet, render a more particular report of the progress of the brigade after reaching the work impossible.
--Col. Rufus Daggett, commanding the First Brigade, Second Division (Ames's) XXIV Army Corps.
At the very outset of the attack, while rapidly forming my regiment for the charge on the works, I was severely wounded on the right shoulder. Notwithstanding this I continued in the fight from first to last, about seven hours, having secured a lodgement in the northwest angle of the fort. With a few others of my regiment, I advanced from traverse to traverse...having been in very close contact with the enemy during the whole time, and in several hand-to-hand encounters with them.
--Lt. John Wainwright, 97th Pennsylvania Infantry, Medal of Honor recipient at Fort Fisher