NC Coast Civil War
- Bellamy Mansion in Wilmington - Antebellum house was used
in 1865 as Union military headquarters following the surrender
of Wilmington. Guided tours and exhibitions. book hotels nearby
- Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City - The museum features
an overview of the Civil War in the Albemarle region. Other
exhibits explore slavery and antebellum plantation life
- Cape Fear Museum in Wilmington - Established in 1898 to
house Confederate relics, the museum's exhibits explore the
history of Wilmington, blockade running and the Battle of Fort
- Carteret County Museum of History and Art in Morehead City
- features an exhibit on the Civil War as well as a research
library that contains extensive sources for genealogy and Civil
- Battle of Chicamacomico Races in Rodanthe - Outdoor display
- part of the Dare county Civil War Trail, the monument at the
site commemorates the battle later known as the Chicmacomico
Races, a futile attempt by the Confederacy to retake Hatteras
- CSS Neuse State Historic Site in Kingston (near New Bern)
- Built to recapture Union held New Bern the ironclad
gunboat CSS Neuse was set afire and sunk to avoid capture after
the crew shelled advancing Union cavalry outside Kinston. The
Neuse is one of only three recovered Civil War ironclads on
- Dismal Swamp Canal Visitor Center in South Mills near Elizabeth
City - The Battle of South Mills was fought to capture control
of the Dismal Swamp Canal, an important transportation route.
- Fort Macon State Park in Atlantic Beach - A casemated seacoast
fort built for defense of the Beaufort harbor, Fort Macon was
seized by Confederates in 1861 and recaptured by Union forces
in April 1862 after a land and sea bombardment. Area open to
the public include restored rooms and a museum.
- Fort Raleigh National Historic Site in Manteo - Fort Raleigh
contains several exhibits on the Civil War and the Freedmen's
Colony including original newspaper articles and maps from the
Atlantic Campaign. A Collection of reproduction civilian / military
clothing and weapons is displayed.
- Fort Fisher State Historic Site in Kure Beach - Fort Fisher
protected blockade runners en route to Wilmington with supplies
vital to the Confederate armies. It was the largest of
the earthen fortification in the Confederacy, Fell in January
1865. Regular events include Civil War reenactments, costumed
interpreters and guided tours.
- Fort Anderson State Historic Site in Brunswick Town
in Winnabow near Wilmington - This fort was part of the Cape
Fear defenses. After its fall in February 1865, Wilmington and
the supply lies to Lee's army came under Union control.
- First Freedmen's Colony (outdoor display) in Manteo - Outside
exhibit shows the African American condition in the 1860s and
life in what was America's first Freedmen's colony
- Josiah Bell House in Beaufort near Atlantic Beach - Tours
of historic Beaufort include the Josiah Bell House, home of
a Civil War spy, Confederate and Union graves in the Old Burying
ground and St Paul's Church. Also at Beaufort is a colonial
village that features stocks and pillars, the old jail house,
an old loom and spinning wheel, more.
- Poplar Grove Historic Plantation in Wilmington - Costumed
guides lead tours of this antebellum plantation. Period demonstrations
and exhibits help visitors learn more about lifestyles of the
- Port Of Plymouth Civil War Museum in Plymouth - Informative
displays with may artifacts and photographs interpret the Battle
of Plymouth, ram Albemarle and the Union occupation of the town.
- Ocracoke Preservation Society Museum in Ocracoke - The museum
presents an exhibit with artifacts from Confederate Fort Ocracoke
(now submerged in adjacent inlet) Other exhibits deal with the
community's lifestyle, maritime past and unique dialect.
- New Bern Academy Museum in New Bern - The New Bern
Academy Museum relates the history of New Bern. One gallery
focuses on the Civil War in the town and related African American
history. Uniforms and other military artifacts are displayed.
- Wyse Fork Battlefield in Kinston - At Wyse Fork, Confederate
troops tried to halt General Schofield's march on Goldsboro.
Unable to do more than delay the Union movement the confederates
left the area to join the attack at Bentonville.
- First Provisional Government of the Civil War in Hatteras
near Buxton - Part of Dare County Civil War Tail, this site
recognizes America's first efforts at reconciliation during
the occupation. Granite marker also relates Hatteras Islands
response to the capture of Forts Clark and Hatteras by Union
- Onslow County Museum in Wilmington - Civil War exhibit focuses
on Onslow County's role in the coastal region. Features Civil
War uniforms, firearms, rosters, letters and other artifacts
and a description of the Battle of New River.
NC Civil War Inland Forts, Battlefields and Plantations
War Governor Zeb Vance