Step Into History at Fort Fisher
If you are from the South you likely know where the closest Civil War battleground is. If you visit the Wilmington area frequently, you will definitely be familiar with Fort Fisher. Beyond one of our nation’s best aquariums, Fort Fisher is a historic site in America’s bloodiest war.
Though work continued on the fort, it was brought up to snuff by Colonel William Lamb, who found the defense was not a strong as it should be. He transformed Fort Fisher by combining the existing structures with new additions, eventually creating the Land Face from Cape Fear to Shepherd’s Battery and the mile-long Sea Face to Mound Battery. Mound Battery soared 43 feet high and is now the area’s landmark.
Inside, you can delve into more history about the construction and battles of Fort Fisher, complete with a fiber optic map of battle. Weapons, photographs and displays from the Civil War can be found throughout the center. Fort Fisher is a great place to visit for those who are history buffs and those who simply want to know more about the history of Wilmington and the role it played in America’s story.