Recovered from the "Modern Greece" sunk off the coast of North Carolina in 1862
Confederate .577 caliber Enfield bullet with an ashen grey patina. Recovered from the wreck of the Confederate blockade runner, "Modern Greece."
In the early morning hours of June 27, 1862, the English steamer, "Modern Greece," carrying a cargo of ammunition and weapons for the Confederacy, ran aground off Fort Fisher, N.C. While approaching New Inlet, she was seen by Federal ships patrolling the coast, and heavily shelled. Doing the only thing she could, the "Modern Greece" raised the British flag, and went full steam ahead in an attempt to get safely under the cover of the Confederate guns of Fort Fisher. Getting to about half a mile from the fort, the blockade runner ran hard aground while the Yankees continued firing. Forced to abandon ship, the "Modern Greece" eventually sunk, and was imbedded into the sandy seabed with only her masthead and smokestacks still visible in the shallow water. Very desirable blockade runner relic recovered near this famous Confederate stronghold known as the "Southern Gibraltar." Fort Fisher protected the important trade routes in and out of the port of Wilmington, N.C., and was finally captured by Union forces on January 15, 1865.