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After the fall of Fort Fisher, the Armstrong gun became a war trophy and the focus of photographs and newspaper articles. Union soldiers, such as Captain Trickey of the 3rd New Hampshire, noted the "elegantly mounted Armstrong gun ? the carriage b…
The most effective gun in the fort. - Col. William Lamb, Fort Fisher commander The Confederacy relied heavily on English artillery during the Civil War. A variety of English cannons, including Whitworths and Blakelys, were imported and used at …
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 …
Steam-powered blockade-runners, usually British, made 1,300 attempts to enter Southern ports with vital supplies during the Civil War. More than 1,000 of the trips succeeded. The most successful vessels were specially built for the trade—…
Union troops briefly occupied Fort Fisher. Since then the only military activity here was training in World War II.
The Union fleet returned in January 1865 and fired another 20,000 shells in three days. Supported by this massive gunfire and a naval landing party, the U.S. Army captured the fort on January 15.
On Christmas Day 1864 Federal warships engaged the fort. Approximately 2,700 Union infantry disembarked from the Union transports. However, the absence of army/navy cooperation, bad weather, and rumors of rebel reinforcements prevented the success…
Improved artillery made brick forts obsolete. Rooms covered with sand provided better protection for defenders.
Shepherd's, one of the oldest batteries in the fort, guarded its western end.
Shepherd's, one of the oldest batteries in the fort, guarded its western end.