Fort Fisher was a Confederate fort during the American Civil War. It was the site of the Civil War's largest Amphibious (Land and Water) Battle. It protected the vital trading routes of the port at Wilmington, North Carolina, from 1861 until its capture by the Union in 1865. The fort was located on one of Cape Fear River's two outlets to the Atlantic Ocean on what was then known as Federal Point or Confederate Point and today is known as Pleasure Island. The strength of Fort Fisher led to its being called the Southern Gibraltar and the "Malakoff Tower of the South.". The battle of Fort Fisher was the most decisive battle of the Civil War fought in North Carolina.
In 9161, Fort Fisher was declared a National Historical Landmark, which was the first one In North Carolina. The Fort Fisher Historical Site includes pathways, main fort complex and a visitor center.
(This review at moment does not reflect beach side fortification -- and walk -- of Fort Fisher - that will be added at a later time)
Ghosts of Fort Fisher:
- Civil War General William Whitting
Civil War General William Whitting, who was injured in the final battle at Fort Fisher and died as a prisoner in 1865 at Fort Columbus, New York Harbor, is believed to be one of the ghosts here. Speculation is that his ghost returned here because he blamed himself for the fort’s fall. He stands atop the parapet at dusk. Is the general still watching over Fort Fisher, perhaps hoping to protect it from further harm?
- The Sentinel
A "watcher in the woods" has been seen at Fort Fisher—perhaps a Confederate sentinel. This apparition was seen by hunters at the dawn of the twentieth century, and has been seen, at intervals, in recent times. Is this lonely figure an eternal member of the Confederate garrison, still standing guard in the dusky woods north of the fort's remains? Or is it the ever watchful General Whiting, making his rounds along the sandy peninsula, between the river and the ocean?
- Ghostly Phenomena
Footsteps, orbs, gunshots, and a tendency for equipment to fail all have been reported here.
Hours of Operation: Tues. - Sat. 9am - 5pm
- .65 Paved Walkway (around the main fort complex)
- Historical Trail Marker Displays
- Visitor Center (with restrooms)
'JOLLY' RUFUS BARKING REVIEW:
BOO! Looking for an PAW-some walk with a little history and a little scare-factor too? Then come to Fort Fisher. I enjoyed the walk around the historic site. It was an easy medium walk of only about 2/3 mile on a mostly opened walkway (though I did get a quick rest and doggy treats by a bench in a shaded area out of the bright sun). At one point I enjoyed walking up many steps to see a large metal object that I was told sometimes made loud noises at special events. I just hope not to be there then - I HATE loud noises! The steps going down was not as much fun!
My human was glad to have me along because I was his guard dog from the many possible ghosts that haunt this trail. I was alert, brave, and ready for any haunts that might have shown up, but I must've scared them away because I didn't see of them. My role model Scooby-Doo would've been proud of my bravery --- and my human definitely was 'cause he gave me some scooby snacks for my bravery (best part of this trip!!!)
All-n-all nice walk and visit with the potential to see some spooks! Don't go if you're a scaredy cat!
1610 Fort Fisher Blvd S, Kure Beach, NC, 28449