Fort Macon: A Civil War Fort

Where is Fort Macon?

  • Fort Macon is located at the tip of Atlantic Beach
  • Fort Macon is one of the most well-preserved Civil War forts in North Carolina
  • Fort Macon was built here because Beaufort (the town an island over from Fort Macon) was a place, highly susceptible to an attack (it had been attacked by the Spanish and eventually the British forced America to need a stronger defense)

How is Fort Macon related to Black history?

  • Fort Macon was a Civil War fort
  • Fort Macon went from Confederate to Union control as the land was fought over
  • The Confederates wouldn’t give up their fort until extensive damage was done on the building
  • Under Union control, Fort Macon and Beaufort Harbor become an important repair station for the nav