Favorite thing: Fort Pulaski is a short trip from Savannah. Highway 80 runs east of the city and leads directly to the park. A visit to the park makes for an interesting diversion from Savannah. The fort is a fairly small structure and can be toured in less than an hour. There is also a short nature trail which leads to a memorial. Guided tours are offered daily and give more insight into the fort and into the civil war in general.
9. TERREPLEIN, EAST ANGLE. From this point a good view may be obtained of the shore of Tybee Island, from which the fort was bombarded. The two batteries containing the 10 James and Parrott rifled guns, which did the principal damage to the fort, were located on the western point of Tybee just north of the present highway bridge. The 9 other batteries of mortars and siege guns were at various places along the shore for 2 miles in the direction of the lighthouse. The small brick lighthouse on Cockspur Point was built about 1840 and therefore was a feature of the landscape at the time of the bombardment
There are a surprising number of things in the United States named Pulaski. There is a highway near where we live in Maryland that is Pulaski Highway.
And then there is Fort Pulaski in Georgia. It is composed of 25 million bricks, with seventy-foot pilings drilled into the mud for support of the massive structure. The fort was one of thirty coastal fortifications built in response to the War of 1812. It was named for Count Casimir Pulaski, a Polish soldier-patriot, was forced to flee his native homeland after the Polish nobles failed to quash repeated Russian attacks.
After Benjamin Franklin asked Pulaski for help, he organized a cavalry unit composed of American, Polish, Irish, German, and French troops. October, 1779, the newly formed unit engaged the British in the Siege of Savannah.
Historians are unsure how Pulaski died or where he is buried.
Fondest memory: One reason we came here was to get a stamp in my National Parks passport.
When we walked into the visitor's center and the lady behind the counter asked me if I had paid, being able to show her my Golden Age Passport to get in free is a fond memory.