Finding Aid of the Fort Johnston Photograph Collection, PHC.62


Finding Aid of the Fort Johnston Photograph Collection, PHC.62


This collection contains oversized photographic negatives of plans of Fort Johnston from 1767 to 1865.

Descriptive Summary

Fort Johnston Photograph Collection
Call Number
United States. Army. Corps of Engineers
1767 - 1865
6.00 items
State Archives of North Carolina

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Restrictions on Access & Use

Access Restrictions

Available for research.

Use Restrictions

Copyright is retained by the authors of these materials, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law (Title 17 US Code). Individual researchers are responsible for using these materials in conformance with copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], PhC.62, Fort Johnston Photograph Collection, State Archives of North Carolina; Raleigh, NC.

Collection Overview

This collection contains oversized photographic negatives of plans of Fort Johnston, in present day Southport, North Carolina from 1767 to 1865. In 1992 these negatives were entrusted to Wilson Angley of the Research Branch, North Carolina Division of Historical Resources, by archaeologist Richard Kimmel of the Wilmington District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Negatives were to be used in compiling a documentary research report on Fort Johnston, and were later to be placed in the iconographic collection of the North Carolina State Archives for permanent safekeeping.

Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged chronologically and placed in a map folder in a map case on floor 2A.

Biographical/Historical note

Fort Johnston was located at the present town of Southport, in Brunswick County. The fort was built from 1748-1764 and named for Gov. Gabriel Johnston. It was burned by Whigs in 1775 and rebuilt from 1794-1809. The fort was seized by Confederate forces in 1861.

Contents of the Collection

Collection Contents
John Collett, "Plan of Johnston Fort at Cape Fear", 1767
Captain Bruff, "Fort Johnston and Part of the Town of Smithville.", 1802
Captain Bruff, "Fort Johnston, North Carolina", 1802

Presumably a companion map to #2 above.

Joseph G. Swift, "A Plan of Land Battery, Barracks, and Other Buildings Belonging to the United States at Fort Johnston and in the Town of Smithville, North Carolina.", 1811
Major Bonssin[?], "Fort Johnston at Smithville on the Cape Fear River.", 1820
C. B. Comstock, "Fort Johnston, Smithville, North Carolina Evacuated January 16th, 1865. Taken Possession of by the Naval and Military Forces, Jan. 17th, 1865.", 1865

Subject Headings

  • Kimmel, Richard.
  • Architecture--Designs and plans.
  • Fort Johnston (Southport, N.C.)
  • Acquisitions Information

    The negatives were donated to the State Archives in January, 1992 by Richard Kimmel, Department of Army, U. S. Army Engineer District, Corps of Engineers, P. 0. Box 1890, Wilmington, N. C. 28402-1890. They were accessioned by the Archives in March, 1996.

    Processing Information

  • Processed by Stephen E. Massengill, February, 1996
  • Encoded by Dietra Stanley
  • Encoding updated by Aaron Cusick, January, 2012