Next, we headed back down to Fort Fisher which is at the very southern tip of the island where Carolina Beach and Kure Beach are located. Here is a brief description of the fort and its history from the North Carolina Historic Sites page:
Until the last few months of the Civil War, Ft. Fisher kept North Carolina's port of Wilmington open to blockade runners supplying necessary goods to Confederate armies inland. By 1865, the supply line through Wilmington was the last remaining supply route open to Robert E. Lee'sArmy of Northern Virginia. When Ft. Fisher fell after a massive Federal amphibious assault on January 15, 1865, its defeat helped seal the fate of the Confederacy. Visitors are invited to tour the remains of the fort's land face featuring an impressive reconstruction of a 32-pounder seacoast gun at Shepherd's Battery. Shaded by gnarled live oaks, a scenic trail leads tourists from the visitor center past the gigantic earthworks and around to the rear of the fort. Guided tours and wayside exhibits provide historical orientation. Other exhibits include items recovered from sunken blockade runners.
At the dawn of the American Civil War, the Confederacy took control of a neck of land in southern North Carolina near the mouth of the Cape Fear River and constructed what was to become the largest and most important earthwork fort in the South. Two major battles were fought there, and many Union soldiers received the Congressional Medal of Honor for their gallant participation in that fighting. Today only a few of the mounds remain, since much of the fort has been eroded by the ocean.
Much of Fort Fisher has been lost to the ocean since it was just constructed of huge mounds of earth to hold the large guns of the battery defense that protected the important access to the port at Wilmington, but the landscape surrounding the Fort is still beautiful. I wish I would have known that this sheltered beach at the tip of the island would have been a much nicer place for my kids to play in the ocean, but there aren't any bath houses or showers which would have made it very difficult to clean up after a day on the beach. We all still enjoyed a nice walk on the beach and putting our toes in the ocean one more time.
|Daddy and Mattox checking out some of the big cannons used to defend the Fort at the mouth of the Cape Fear River.|
|Mattox still wasn't feeling great and was enjoying snuggling on his daddy. He has really turned into a Daddy's boy lately.|
|I love the look of this beach with the large rocks placed to help prevent further erosion.|
|And the ocean here was calm and serene and just felt so nice.|
|Still trying my hand at nature and wildlife photography.|
|We could have stayed here all day and enjoyed the view.|
|These boys sure do love their Daddy!|