Fort Pulaski National Monument Travel Guide

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Fort Pulaski National Monument Things to Do

  • An Obsolete Brick Fort

    Robert E. Lee was here as an engineer right out of West Point, and put in the drainage ditches to stabilize the fort. Because he was so familiar with the strengths of the fort, he advised the young Confederate fort commander to pull his troups back from Tybee Island because he thought they would be safer inside the supposedly impenetrable 7.5 foot...

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  • Film in the Visitor's Center

    "The Battle for Fort Pulaski", a seventeen minute video, is shown on request in the Visitor Center. I always like to see the National Park videos. Not only are they full of information, but it gives me time to sit down.On February 19, 1862, Brig. Gen. Thomas W. Sherman ordered Captain Quincy A. Gillmore, an engineer officer, to take charge of the...

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  • Ranger Talks

    We waited for the ranger talk, which was going to be in about 15 minutes. Usually these talks are also quite informative, and if one is going to be given at a convenient time, it is recommended to go. Since it was a relatively warm day, both of us had walked into the fort without our coats. Because a cold front came through, the wind picked up, so...

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Fort Pulaski National Monument Local Customs

  • Alcatraz of the East

    Once the fort was reclaimed by the Union, it was put to better use, from both the standpoint of the Union as well as its own design. During and after the war, the fort was used as a military prison. While it didn't see the likes of Al Capone, Fort Pulaski housed the Confederate Secretary of State and other Confederate government members after the...

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  • The Immortal 600

    Like most civil war sites, legend has it that Fort Pulaski is haunted. There are tales of a soldier who died one evening while on sentry who comes back and haunts the site.Whether that is true or not remains a legend, but the fact is that there are people buried in undisclosed locations near the Fort. During the war, a group of prisoners known as...

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  • Under Construction

    THE CEMETERY. On the glacis, or north bank of the demilune moat, a small cemetery was established when the fort was under construction. Here, during the Civil War, both Confederate and Union soldiers were temporarily buried. The 8-inch columbiad, which marks the site, was a Confederate gun damaged in the bombardment.

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Fort Pulaski National Monument Off The Beaten Path

  • Ecology

    With the exception of approximately 250 acres on Cockspur Island and 200 acres on McQueens Island, the 5,623 acre Monument consists of tidal marshes and mud flats that are subject to six to ten foot tides twice a day. Before human intervention, this area was primarily salt marsh.The marsh and uplands have a variety of animal life characteristic of...

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  • Ecological Activities

    Other than seeing the fort, there is a quarter-mile, self-guiding nature trail. Bicycles are allowed on trails, except those leading to the Fort. There is an earthen dike circuit (two miles). Birding and deer watching is popular as is viewing the Savannah River shipping traffic (when it isn't as foggy as this). Hiking, biking, and picnicking in...

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  • Waving Girl

    This historic sign (with Georgia 1776 at the top) saysTHE WAVING GIRLFor 44 years, Florence Martus (1868-1943) lived on nearby Elba Island with her brother the lighthouse keeper, and no ship arrived for Savannah or departed from 1887 to 1931 without her waving a handkerchief by day or a lantern by night. Throughout the years, the vessels in return...

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  • Visiting the fort

    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...

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  • Looking over the Ramparts

    under construction9. 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....

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  • Casimir Pulaski

    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...

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