Fort Fisher

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At Fort Fisher, Civil War ghosts and Fort Fisher hermit Robert E. Harrill, who died under suspicious circumstances, are believed to reside. Civil War General William Whitting, who was injured in the final battle at Fort Fisher and died as a prisoner in 1865 at Fort Columbus, New York Harbor, is believed to be one of the ghosts here. Speculation is that his ghost returned here because he blamed himself for the fort’s fall. Footsteps, orbs, gunshots, and a tendency for equipment to fail all have been reported here.

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1610 S Fort Fisher Blvd
Kure Beach, NC 28449
United States

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33.97166064261654, -77.91916394242435
New Hanover County, North Carolina
Nearest Towns:
Kure Beach, NC (1.9 mi.)
Carolina Beach, NC (4.6 mi.)
Sea Breeze, NC (6.5 mi.)
Southport, NC (6.7 mi.)
Bald Head Island, NC (8.7 mi.)
Caswell Beach, NC (9.2 mi.)
Boiling Spring Lakes, NC (9.4 mi.)
Yaupon Beach, NC (10.2 mi.)
Myrtle Grove, NC (11.5 mi.)
Saint James, NC (11.7 mi.)

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  1. Walking along the sidewalk, past the museum, toward the barracks, we saw a transparent figure with broad shoulders. It was about 1 am when we saw this. It was coming toward us and then disappeared. I ran and screamed bloody murder.

  2. I went to the fort Fisher museum back 2016 it was day time I was just out sight seeing and educating myself to old artifacts. When I took a walk around the battle field and as I walked up the sidewalk towards looking at the port I caught in my perifiel a white clouded figure beyond the trees to the right and then I got goosebumps and felt cold and this happens in the summer it scared me

  3. I lived in Southport from 1978-1979 in the place called the Garrison (not sure if this is Fort Fisher or not) It was right along the water front and I think it’s a musuem now. My mom got up one morning and she looked out on the porch and said she said a man in a civil war uniform and ran into another room out of fear. When she came back the man was gone. There were other times she had said that the curtains would move. A couple of buildings down on the left, there was an old woman – her name was Alice Arrington (I’m sure she’s long gone now) and she lived in this big old house and she said the house had a ghost named Tony. I myself never saw any sightings so not sure whether this is all factual.

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