Guardian of the Cape Fear RiverConfederate Lifeline. On January 9, 1861, as secession fever swept the South, an armed body of civilians overwhelmed Fort Johnston's lone occupant, Ordinance Sgt. James Reilly, and demanded the keys. Reilly quickly surrendered them and received a receipt in return. North Carolina Gov. John W. Ellis, however, on January 11 ordered Fort Johnston and several other strongholds restored to the Federal government. The confederates reoccupied the fort on April 16, after the fall of Fort Sumter, once again taking possession from Reilly. He soon resigned from the U.S. Army, joined the Confederacy as an artillery officer, and, in a strange twist of fate, oversaw the surrender of Fort Fisher to Union forces on January 15, 1865.
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|Series||This marker is part of the North Carolina Civil War Trails series|
|Placed By||Civil War Trails|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 11:54am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 775777 N 3757033|
|Decimal Degrees||33.91765000, -78.01710000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 33° 55.059', W 78° 1.026'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||33° 55' 3.54" N, 78° 1' 1.56" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 223 E Bay St, Southport NC 28461, US|
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