Fort Fisher

Fort Fisher
Fort Fisher, NE Bastion. Frank Vizetelly (National Geographic)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

North Carolina Lighthouses During the War-- Part 1: "Old Baldy"

From North Carolina Lighthouses and Lifesaving Stations by John Hairr.  One of those wonderful Arcadia Books, great sources of local history.

Taking the Civil War-era lighthouses going south to north along the coast.

The second, and current lighthouse on Bald Head Island, at the mouth of the Cape Fear River, called "Old Baldy," is the state's oldest lighthouse, built in 1817.  With the coming of the Civil War, Confederates removed the lens from it.  The structure managed to escape destruction, a fate of many of the lighthouses along the Confederate coast.

Confederate Fort Holmes was built nearby it.

--Old B-Runner


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