Civil War Monuments & Markers

The Wilmington area features a variety of monuments and markers signifying events, places and people of historical significance during the Civil War. Including monuments in memory of Confederate soldiers, churches and cemeteries, these war-related places and highlighted events help weave the story of the Civil War in Wilmington. To see a full listing of all area monuments and markers, view the Monuments and Markers Map.  

Monuments 

Confederate MemorialConfederate Memorial
Dedicated in 1921, this memorial marks the location of the headquarters at Fort Fisher. Fort Fisher State Historic Site, Kure Beach NC. 

Confederate Soldiers Monument-Oakdale Cemetery 
Located in Wilmington's Oakdale Cemetery and dedicated in 1872, this monument serves as a memorial to fallen Confederate soldiers.

Confederate Soldiers Monument-WilmingtonConfederate Soldiers Monument-Wilmington 
A memorial to Confederate soldiers lost during the Civil War, this monument dedicated in 1924 is located on S. 3rd and Dock Street in Wilmington.  

Confederate Soldiers Monument-Fort Fisher
Located at the Fort Fisher State Historic Site, this monument pays tribute to soldiers who served at Fort Fisher during the Civil War. 

Markers

United States Colored TroopsUnited States Colored Troops
US 17 Business (Market Street) between 20th and 21st Streets in Wilmington

From January 15 to February 22, 1865, Union army and naval forces engaged in the successful effort to capture Fort Fisher and take Wilmington, the South’s last significant blockade running port. Several regiments of United States Colored Troops (USCT) took part, and fought with conspicuous gallantry, taking a central role in the capture of Battery Buchanan.

Oakdale CemeteryOakdale Cemetery 

US 17 Business (Market Street) at Fifteenth Street in Wilmington

Oakdale Cemetery, Wilmington's first municipal burial ground, is one of the most beautiful and scenic graveyards in the Old North State. It remains the town’s largest cemetery, and is noted for the large number of prominent Wilmingtonians and other North Carolinians who are buried there.  The graves of Civil War Generals such as Whiting, Barry and MacRae can be found within the grounds.  

Thalian HallThalian Hall
Third Street at Princess Street in Wilmington

Thalian Hall, long the cultural and political center of Wilmington, was constructed between 1855 and 1858. The building is the only surviving theater designed by John Montague Trimble, one of the foremost nineteenth century American architects. The building since its earliest days has hosted city government offices as well as theatrical events and was used throughout the Civil War as a place of amusement for soldiers and locals.  

Rose O'Neale GreenhowRose O'Neale Greenhow
Third Street at Dock Street in Wilmington

Confederate spy and Washington society woman, Rose O'Neale Greenhow (Wild Rose), drowned near Fort Fisher in 1864 while running a Federal blockade. Confederate President Jefferson Davis had sent her to Great Britain and France in 1863 to raise support for the Confederacy. It was during her return trip a year later aboard the blockade runner Condor, with dispatches for the Confederacy and $2000 in coins, that she drowned. She was buried with full military honors in Oakdale Cemetery.

St James Church
US 17 Business (Market Street) at Fourth Street in Wilmington

St. James Episcopal Church serves one of the oldest parishes in the state, and stands as a testament to the turbulent history of Wilmington. Originally built in 1770, the present structure was completed in 1840. Cornwallis occupied the first structure during the Revolutionary War, and Union forces converted the present structure into a field hospital during the Civil War. Aside from a passive role in Wilmington’s history, the churchyard contains the graves of several significant people.

Battle of Forks Road
South 17th Street & Museum Drive

The Battle of Fork Road, February 20-21, 1865, was fought for the possession of Wilmington, NC.  During the battle, Union army and the United States Colored Troops, led by Brigadier General Charles J. Paine, successfully defeated the Confederate army under the command of Major General Robert F Hoke. Wilmington was at the time, the Confederacy's last major seaport and the Union won control over the city, its seaport, railroads and the Cape Fear River.  This historic marker honors over 1,600 United States Colored Troops who fought in the Battle of Forks Road, including three medal of honor recipients: Powhatan Beaty, Milton M. Holland and Robert Pinn.