Fort Fisher

Fort Fisher was established in 1861 and used during the Civil War and World War II. Fort Fisher was named after Colonel Charles F. Fisher of the 6th North Carolina Infantry. The fort was mostly made out of the earth and sand which was ideal for absorbing the shock of heavy explosives.

In the Civil War Fort Fisher was attacked the first time in December of 1864 by the Union Army and Navy. The two forces battle against Fort Fisher for two days before they realized that the fort was to strong so they withdrew their forces. That was not the last of the Union Army or Navy they would soon be back in January of 1865 to take on Fort Fisher again. This battle had over 3,300 Union Infantry assaulted the land when they arrived, after a long battle lasting two and one-half days Fort Fisher had finally been captured by the Federal Troops. The fort may have been captured but it would later become of great use to World War II.

When Japan bombed Pearl Harbor the impact extended beyond the immediate area and would forever change the Wilmington area. Fort Fisher would not only become the firing range but would grow to become the anti-aircraft training camp. The fort would train to be effective against tanks and other armed vehicles. This large training camp would make the towns population nearby soar. This is the war that would transform Wilmington into the BOOM town.

Ten percent of Fort Fisher still remains; this historic area has many fun events indoor and outdoor. The outdoor exhibits feature reconstructed, fully operational cannon. The area also includes the battle field, a walking trial that over look two battle structures. The indoor exhibits include a fiber optic battle map that has 5,000 colored moving lights that illustrate the final hours of Fort Fisher.

All events at Fort Fisher are FREE; any and all donations are welcomed. Fort Fisher is full of history and fun for you and your family. The hours of operation are April 1st- September 30th from 9am until 5pm Monday through Saturday. They are also open for the off season from October 1st until March 31st from 10am to 4pm Tuesday through Saturday.


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Approximately ten percent of Fort Fisher still remains standing, along with a restored palisade fence. The recently renovated visitor center contains an audiovisual program that presents the history of the fort.

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