Into the Hurricane of Fire, The U.S. Marines and the Assault on Fort Fisher, 15 January 1865
Friends of Fort Fisher will commemorate the 150th Anniversary
of the Battle of Fort Fisher on 17-18 January 2014. The opening ceremony will occur on 17Jan
from 1100-1200 at the Fort Fisher State Historic site located at 1610 Fort Fisher Blvd South, Kure Beach, NC 28449.
Many events are scheduled for the day including a battle scenario
and multiple tours and demonstrations throughout the weekend.
USMC participation in the
commemoration events includes musical and ceremonial support. Marines from the Single Marine Program (SMP) will be also be working with the USMC
Historical Company to provide a professional educational program focusing on the Marine Corps' role and impact on the historic site. During two days of activities, the Marine Corps Historical Interpretive Team, through the use of battle walks, historical weapons demonstrations, and extensive exhibits will tell the story of those Marines and show the relevance and impact of the battle and its participants on today's Corps.
Fort Fisher campaign, which spanned from 24 Dec 1864 to Jan 1865,
consisted of two separate battles in which Marines from both sides took
part. Marines had a significant role both supporting the landings and taking part in the assaults, which
ultimately brought about the capture of the fort on 16 Jan 1865. The
second attack on the fort has been held as a model of Army-Navy
cooperation from landing troops, to battlefield communication and supporting
This event is significant because
Fort Fisher was the last port the Confederates had
on the Atlantic Ocean. After the Union had overtaken the structure, the
southern Army had no access to global trade. This directly hindered them
from receiving supplies. The Civil War ended 3 months after the Battle of
critical aspect of Marine Corps culture is an insistence on honoring the
sacrifice of those who have gone before. Remembering the Battle of Fort
Fisher provides a way for both service members and citizens to reflect on
the historic events that have shaped our Nation and people.
the 17 Medals of Honor awarded to Marines during the Civil War, more than
a third was a result of the attacks on Fort Fisher. Six Marines, four ashore
and two on board ship, received the Medal for their actions during the