Southport North Carolina is a historic town located at the mouth of the Cape Fear River at the intersection of the Atlantic Ocean. The short walk features historic homes, huge live oaks, antique shops, art galleries, activities, parks and restaurants. The ferry is a few miles outside of the town.
I was familiar with the battle because I often walk in Oakwood Cemetery in Troy, NY. Oakwood is the final resting place of many Union Veterans of the Battle including William Freeman (Medal of Honor Recipient) and General Alanzo Alden.
The fall of Fort Fisher was one of the major battles of 1865. After the fall of Charleston, Wilmington, NC was the last port open to the Confederates. Fort Fisher was the key to closing the port. In January of 1865 the Fort was captured by Union Forces (after the 2nd attempt). Three months later the Civil War Ended. After the Civil war there were several controversies concerning the capture (on both the Union and Confederate side).
- Fort Fisher Visitor Center
- Map of Fort Fisher Site
- Map my walk map - Fort Fisher
- Wikipedia Entry - Fort Fisher
- Excellent Battle Maps of Fort Fisher
- Cape Fear Round Table
- Fort Fisher Controversy - Ames and Curtis (NY Times)
- War Veterans at Odds (NY Times)
- General Butler Speeches relevant to Fort Fisher
- The Capture of Fort Fisher - Adelbert Ames
- The Capture of Fort Fisher - Newton Martin Curtis
Second Bombardment of Fort Fisher - Daniel Ammen
- Defense of Fort Fisher, North Carolina - William Lamb