Fall of Fort Fisher

Fort Fisher

By the end of 1864, Wilmington, North Carolina remained the last major port open to the Confederacy.  In mid-January 1865 a combined Union army-navy force mounted a second campaign to capture Fort Fisher, the fortification that defended the mouth of the Cape Fear River and access to Wilmington.  With the fort’s fall, the Confederacy lost a vital lifeline to the outside world.

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