Fort Fisher, NC II

[Capture of Fort Fisher by Kurz and Allison courtesy of Wikipedia]

Date(s): January 13-15, 1865

Location: Please click on link below for map.

Fort Fisher State Historic Site (historical site), Kure Beach, North Carolina, United States

Campaign(s): Operations against Fort Fisher and Wilmington [January-February 1865]  

Battles in Campaign:



  • Union: Rear Adm. David D. Porter and Maj. Gen. Alfred Terry

  • Confederate:  Gen. Braxton Bragg, Maj. Gen. Robert Hoke, and Col. Charles Lamb

Principal Forces:

  • Union: Expeditionary Corps, Army of the James [9,632]

  • Confederate: Hoke's Division and Fort Fisher Garrison [1,900]


  • After the failure of his December expedition against Fort Fisher, Maj. Gen. Benjamin Butler was relieved of command. 

  • Maj. Gen. Alfred Terry was placed in command of a “Provisional Corps,” including Paine's Division of U.S. Colored Troops, and supported by a naval force of nearly 60 vessels, to renew operations against the fort.

  • After a preliminary bombardment directed by Rear Adm. David D. Porter on January 13, Union forces landed and prepared an attack on Maj. Gen. Robert Hoke's infantry line.

  • On the 15th, a select force moved on the fort from the rear. A valiant attack late in the afternoon, following the bloody repulse of a naval landing party carried the parapet.

  • The Confederate garrison surrendered, opening the way for a Federal thrust against Wilmington, the South's last open seaport on the Atlantic coast.

Photo Gallery:2

Classification3: A


  • Union: 1,341

  • Confederate: 2,583

Results: Union Victory

Battlefield Websites:

Lodging and Restaurants: North Carolina  Tourism

Recommended Resources:

1 National Park Service summary.

2 Please click on the image to enlarge it. You may copy the images if you include the following note and link with each image: "Courtesy of"

3 Classification:

  • A - having a decisive influence on a campaign and a direct impact on the course of the war

  • B - having a direct and decisive influence on their campaign

  • C - having observable influence on the outcome of a campaign

  • D - having a limited influence on the outcome of their campaign or operation but achieving or affecting important local objectives

4 Casualties are someone killed, injured, wounded, captured or missing.

Revised 04/06/2013