Tybee Island in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Fort Pulaski was never garrisoned until its seizure by Georgia troops in January, 1861, to prevent occupation by Federal forces. On April 10, 1862, Federal batteries on Tybee Island commenced the bombardment of Fort Pulaski. After 30 hours of bombardment as a result of which the walls were breached and its guns disabled, Col. Charles H. Olmstead surrendered the Fort. The bombardment marked the first effective use of rifled cannon against a masonry fortification and constituted an epoch in military history.
Abandoned by 1885, Fort Pulaski became a National Monument in 1924 and was placed under the National Park Service in 1933.
Erected 1958 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 25-61.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
Location. 32° Click for map. Located at the entrance to the park, East of Savannah, Georgia. Marker is in this post office area: Tybee Island GA 31328, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. History of Emancipation: (approx. 0.7 miles away); Quest for Freedom (approx. 0.7 miles away); Moat Feeder Canal (approx. 0.7 miles away); Cisterns of the Construction Village (approx. ¾ mile away); The Waving Girl (approx. ¾ mile away); Cockspur Island Lighthouse (approx. ¾ mile away); John Wesley (1703-1791) (approx. ¾ mile away); Southwest Magazine (approx. ¾ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Tybee Island.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Inside the fort.
Also see . . .
1. National Park Service. After thirty-hours of bombardment, the fort surrendered.
2. Wikipeda speaks about. Wooden pilings sunk up to 70 feet into mud support an estimated 25,000,000 bricks.
3. General Gilmore's Official Report. After the reduction of Fort Pulaski, General Quincy Gilmore produced an official report of over 100 pages. The abridged version of the report was reprinted in the New York Times, April 12, 1862.
Categories. • Forts, Castles • Military • Notable Buildings • War, US Civil •
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