Fort Fisher and its defense of the port of Wilmington, North Carolina played a critical role in the Civil War. The Veterans who manned the Union naval blockade or Confederate coastal defenses, sailed on the Blockade Runners, fought in the two campaigns to capture Fort Fisher and the Wilmington port and rail hub, did their duty despite tremendous adversity and their stories are an important part of our Nation’s history. The 150th Anniversary of the Battles at Fort Fisher and the subsequent campaign to capture the Port of Wilmington, North Carolina was commemorated January 17-18, 2015 with over 30,000 citizens attending. North Carolina’s Fort Fisher State Historic Site and the Friends of Fort Fisher created a database of descendants of those veterans, Union and Confederate, in order to provide information on the commemorative anniversary events and conducted a Descendants Reunion on January 15-16, 2015 as a prelude to the Anniversary weekend events.
If you had an ancestor who participated in the building of the Fort and defenses along the Cape Fear River, was part of the Union Navy Blockade, ran the blockade, or was part of the December 1864 and January 1865 battles for Fort Fisher, follow-up operations to control the Cape Fear River, or the capture and occupation of Wilmington, please let us know. Please click the link below to fill out the form to submit your information: