As early as 1837 a lighthouse was proposed for Bodie Island, but funding was delayed to 1847. Thomas Blount, Customs official, was project overseer and he overruled the engineer, and the lighthouse was built on a poor foundation of mud. The lighthouse listed one foot out of plumb in two years and numerous repairs failed to correct the problem. A second lighthouse was built in 1859, but was destroyed by Confederate troops in 1861. A third lighthouse was built in 1872. It was constructed from material left over from the construction of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.