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Brunswick County citizens seized Fort Johnston, January 9, 1861

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Brunswick County citizens seized Fort Johnston, January 9, 1861

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On January 9, 1861, an armed body of Wilmington's citizens seized Fort Johnston (eventually renamed Pender) at Smithville (present-day Southport). Considering the seizure "irregular," Governor John W. Ellis immediately ordered the fort to be returned to federal control. Confederates later reoccupied the fort after the fall of Fort Sumter.

Date

1861-01-09

Coverage

Brunswick County, North Carolina

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Brunswick County citizens seized Fort Johnston, January 9, 1861, Civil War Era NC, accessed May 26, 2024, https://cwnc.omeka.chass.ncsu.edu/items/show/100.