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Tybee Island in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Breached Wall

 
 
The Breached Wall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 9, 2013
1. The Breached Wall Marker
Inscription.
The southeast angle of Fort Pulaski was breached by early afternoon on April 11, 1862. With devastating accuracy, Union rifled artillery accomplished this task in only 30 hours. It would take over 1,000 Federal troops six weeks to repair the battle damage and make the fort ready to be garrisoned for the remainder of the war – a Union outpost in the deep South.

While the Union commander prepared to order an infantry attack through the breach, the young Col. Olmstead made his decision to surrender:
Under these circumstances, cut off from all hope of relief or the possibility of retreat, the Fort practicably breached, some of my most effective guns rendered useless, and the magazine liable to be blown up in a very short time, I felt compelled to yield.
You can form no idea of the ruin of our South East Angle. Two casemates are completely torn to pieces, the outer wall having fallen out into the moat, while the casemates adjoining are cracked and crumbling from top to bottom
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          Col. Charles Olmstead, CSA
          Commanding Officer, Fort Pulaski
          to his wife, April 11, 1862


New technology, coupled with time-honored tactics, prevailed at Fort Pulaski.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location.
The Breached Wall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 9, 2013
2. The Breached Wall Marker
32° 1.595′ N, 80° 53.409′ W. Marker is in Tybee Island, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker can be reached from Fort Pulaski Road, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located inside Fort Pulaski. 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. Federal Siege Batteries (a few steps from this marker); Store House (within shouting distance of this marker); Southwest Bastion (within shouting distance of this marker); Southwest Magazine (within shouting distance of this marker); Parrott Rifle (within shouting distance of this marker); The Parade (within shouting distance of this marker); Brooke Rifle (within shouting distance of this marker); 4.5 Inch Blakely Rifle (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Tybee Island.
 
More about this marker. Photographs of a ruined Fort Pulaski and Union artillery appear on the marker, along with a drawing of artillery firing on a fort. The illustration has a caption of “The 1860 Artillerist’s Manual shows the desired effect of creating ‘a practicable breach’ by breaking down walls and filling the moat with debris. A determined but costly infantry attack would follow.”
 
Also see . . .
Marker Inside Fort Pulaski image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 9, 2013
3. Marker Inside Fort Pulaski
 Fort Pulaski National Monument. National Park Service website. (Submitted on August 17, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Civil
 
View from the Interior of the Fort image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 9, 2013
4. View from the Interior of the Fort
This view from inside Fort Pulaski looks in the direction of the breached wall and the marker.
The Breached Wall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 9, 2013
5. The Breached Wall Marker
This exterior view of the southeast angle of Fort Pulaski shows the damage done by the Union bombardment and the section of wall that was later repaired.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 282 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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