My World Tuesday: Fort Macon, North Carolina
I visited Fort Macon on the eastern end of Bogues Banks in Carteret County in North Carolina while on vacation during the Christmas break. Like Fort Trumbull in New London, Connecticut, Fort Macon is one of the 52 Third System Forts that comprised the coastal defensive system of the US after the War of 1812.
General Robert E. Lee was stationed at Fort Macon as a young Army officer. The scene of an significant Civil War Battle while occupied by Confederate troops, the fort was under a Union artillery siege from March 23 - April 26, 1862. Its fall into Union hands gave the Northern forces complete control of the entire North Carolina coast. It was re-garrisoned during the Spanish-American War and again during World War II.
Water faces three sides of this pentagonal fort, and the views from the top are pure heaven.