Fighting the Sea - Saving the Fort

Fighting the Sea - Saving the Fort (HMJ3A)

Location: Kure Beach, NC 28449 New Hanover County
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 58.081', W 77° 55.162'

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Seacoast erosion, intensified by hurricanes and other major storms, has been a problem and controversial issue at Fort Fisher and elsewhere along the North Carolina coast for decades.

Erosion at Fort Fisher intensified after the 1930s. By 1968 more than 200 yards of the original fort were underwater. Despite various plans to control erosion, the sea continued to eat away the sandy shoreline.

In the 1990s the Citizens' Committee to Save Fort Fisher worked with officials to secure funds for a 3,040-foot stone revetment designed by the Army Corps of Engineers to stop further erosion.

The revetment, completed in 1996, has protected the remaining Civil War earthworks and U.S. 421. Hurricanes in 1996 and 1999 damaged the revetment and historic site (closing parts of it for at time), but Fort Fisher was saved from the destructive waters.
HM NumberHMJ3A
Marker Number14
Placed ByFort Fisher Historic Site
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Date Added Sunday, September 21st, 2014 at 8:14am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 230257 N 3762451
Decimal Degrees33.96801667, -77.91936667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 58.081', W 77° 55.162'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 58' 4.86" N, 77° 55' 9.72" W
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Area Code(s)910
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1610 Fort Fisher Blvd S, Kure Beach NC 28449, US
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