Fort Fisher

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

Monday, May 5, 2014

North Carolina Lighthouses During the War: Federal Point-- Part 5

From North Carolina Lighthouses and Lifesaving Stations" by John Hairr.  This book covers the whole histories of all the lighthouses.  I am just covering the ones with a connection to the Civil War.

Continued from April 8, 2014.

The second Federal Point Lighthouse, at what became Fort Fisher,  had been destroyed by Confederates in 1863.  After the war, it was rebuilt farther south on the peninsula, near where the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher stands today.

Its use was discontinued in 1879, when the US Army Corps of Engineers closed New Inlet with the structure locally known as "The Rocks."

According to a notice published in the Wilmington Star, the lighthouse on federal Point was burned on the afternoon of August 23, 1881.  The article noted: "This lighthouse has not been  in use since the closing of New Inlet, but was occupied as a dwelling by Mr. Taylor, the former keeper.  It was a wooden structure, situated about one mile from Fort Fisher."

--Old B-Runner

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