We took on a different type of travel today, stepping back in time to the Civil War era with a visit to Fort Pulaski National Monument on Cockspur Island.
Cosckspur Island sits at the mouth of the Savannah River, just 15 miles east of Savannah, Georgia. It is also sits just a mile or two from the edge of Tybee Island. All of which made this Fort a prime player in the history of the American Civil War.
The history of the Fort and it’s ties to the civil war run deep. Although, to be sure, it’s original purpose for being built was not for the Civil War at all.
Construction of the fort began back in 1829 by the U.S. Government. It was originally built by the United States as part of series of protective forts after the war of 1812.
Interestingly enough, the man in charge of the project was none other than General Lee. Lee, of course, would later command the Confederate forces during the Civil War.
Although started in 1829, Port Pulaski had numerous delays throughout the building process. In fact, so many, it didn’t have its opening until 1847.
Millions Of Bricks!
The fort is a monument to building with bricks. In fact, it took over 25,000,000 bricks to complete it! And when it was finally completed, it was considered to be state-of-the-art.
For one, the thick brick walls were thought to be impenetrable. And to make it even more intimidating, a moat surrounded the entire structure. One deep enough that a soldier could not wade through it without getting his gun full of water.
Fort Pulaski National Monument & The Civil War
The Fort never saw much action before the Civil War. In fact, it was only protected by a few men when the Georgia militia seized it at the start of the Civil War in 1861.
Fort Pulaski was an important holding for the Confederacy. For both controlling and protecting the Savannah harbor, and as a way for supplies to make their way into the South.
But as it turned out, Fort Pulaski wasn’t as impenetrable as thought. And when the Union forces came calling in 1864, the walls fell quickly and quite easily with cannon fire. It is one of the reasons after the war was over, it wasn’t used again.
It really was a bit surreal to walk throughout the fort and see how it all looked back in the 1860’s. From the jail cells, to the cannons and more, you can just imagine it full of soldiers and life.
Fort Pulaski National Monument
The National Park Staff of Fort Pulaski National Monument have really done a great job keeping it all preserved. It truly is amazing to walk all about the Fort and take in the stories of the era.
As we left the Fort, we took the 3/4 mile walk out to check out the Cockspur Lighthouse. The famous lighthouse sits out in the water, and although it has been battered and beaten, it remains in place.
From learning more of our country’s history and people, to taking new paths along the way, every day on this journey seems to always find us discovering something interesting.
And speaking of that, it’s just about time to head to the next state of South Carolina! Happy Traveling! Jim and Mary.
CURRENT TRIP STATUS TO DATE:
- Day 180 of 365
- States : 22/50
- National Parks / Monuments : 20
- Stayed In : Savannah, Georgia
- Miles Driven : 46.6
- Total Trip Miles To Date : 19,057.2
- Total Gallons Used : 1,361.22
- Biking Miles : 0.0
- Biking Miles To Date : 186.7
- Hiking Miles : 4.6
- Hiking Miles To Date : 411.1
About Our Living Simple Tour
On September 9th, 2019, we set out in our NuCamp T@B 400 Teardrop Camper to travel to every state. You can check out all of our dates here : Dates for the States
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