Fort Pulaski National Monument

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Andy99 Andy99
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Fort Pulaski and the end of fortresses Apr 04, 2012
Fort Pulaski National Monument preserves the site of a coastal defense fort built to protect Savannah Harbor but saw its greatest action during the Civil War. The fort was named for Casimir Pulaski, a Polish soldier who came to fight with the Continental Army in the Revolutionary War. (He was killed at the Battle of Savannah in 1779.)

Construction of Fort Pulaski began in 1829 as one of a series of new coastal defense forts built in response to the War of 1812. However, construction of the Third System fortress was very drawn out and it was not fully operational when Georgia seceded in 1861 and Confederate troops occupied it. By early 1862, Union forces were blockading Savannah and moving into Georgia's barrier islands, laying siege to the fort. The Union began an all-out assault on the fort on April 10, 1862. New rifled field guns were trained on the fort and the high powered weapons knocked through the masonry walls of the fort. The Confederates surrendered in April 12, realizing that the Union had a direct line of fire through the breached walls to the fort's powder magazines. Masonry fortifications based on concepts going back to Vauban were shown to be obsolete.

After the Civil War, the fort was rebuilt and upgraded, but ultimately closed in the 1920s. It became a National Monument in 1933.

Today, Fort Pulaski is a very well interpreted historical site. Visitors can get a sense of its history, from the site of the construction village (where Robert E. Lee served his first US Army assignment) to the fort itself with its walls still pockmarked from the Civil war bombardment. The casemates form a linear museum restored as barracks, officers quarters, a chapel, water supply cistern, powder magazine, Civil War prison, and gunnery positions. It's pointed out that Union soldiers played the new game of baseball on the Parade Ground.

Interestingly, the Confederate First Union flag is flown over the fort.

Trails lead to other points on Cockspur Island, including Cockspur Island Lighthouse.

Admission is $5.00 per person.
Fort Pulaski: Demilune and Moat
Fort Pulaski: Sally Port
Fort Pulaski: Parade Ground
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rsvpme says:
Great article..highly illustrative photos...Do like the fact that the flag is there !
Posted on: Sep 11, 2012
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jamartin39 jamartin…
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Intersting bit of history May 02, 2010
Fort Pulaski is amazing, the grounds are pretty big and there is a lot to explore with the fort, visitors center, and the grounds. I was excited to see a moat surrounding the fort..I Know I am a dork =)

We spent roughly an hour walking around the interior of the fort, going up and down the different stairways and taking everything in. You are allowed to walk in and around the old casements and ammunitions rooms within the fort itself.

We visited on a very bright sunny day so we mostly stuck to the shady areas of the fort when walking around, but when we go back I will defiantly know to bring a hat and/or sunscreen.

The fort also had an interesting history involving the Civil War, which being a history buff, I found to be very appealing.

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