Tybee Island in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Cisterns of the Construction Village
Fort Pulaski National Monument
Fresh drinking water was an important but scarce commodity in the salty environment of Cockspur Island. Pipes running off roofs of buildings carried rainwater to round brick cisterns where it was stored for drinking and cooking. All that remains today are these brick cisterns to remind us of the construction village, which was the scene of so much human drama.
Over the years harsh environmental conditions on Cockspur Island took their toll on the wooden buildings that comprised the construction village. During a return trip to Fort Pukaski in 1861, then Confederate General Robert E. Lee reported that all of the temporary frame structures that he could recall on the island were gone. The remaining buildings survived the battle for Fort Pulaski in 1862 only to be completely destroyed during a hurricane nineteen years later.
Erected by National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. 32° 1.646′ N, 80° 53.558′ W. Marker is in Tybee Island, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker can be reached from Islands Expressway (U.S. 80), on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Located At Fort Pulaski National Monument, near Visitor Center Parking lot. Marker is in this post office area: Tybee Island GA 31328, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. The Waving Girl (here, next to this marker); Cockspur Island Lighthouse (a few steps from this marker); History of Emancipation: (a few steps from this marker); John Wesley (1703-1791) (within shouting distance of this marker); Quest for Freedom (within shouting distance of this marker); Immortal Six Hundred (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Burial Sites of Immortal 600 (about 300 feet away); A Changing Landscape (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tybee Island.
More about this marker. On the left is a drawing of the construction village, showing the locations of several buildings. In the upper center is a Sketch of Cockspur Island by Lt. Robert E. Lee, 1830. Below it is a photo of the cisterns as they look today. On the right is a photo of the Hospital, Ft Pukaski, Cockspur Island, Georgia_1863. Blow it is a photo of the
Southwest corner, Fort Pulaski, 1863.
Also see . . . Fort Pulaski. National Park Service (Submitted on November 1, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
Categories. • Forts, Castles • Military • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 1, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,366 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 1, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. 7. submitted on September 27, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.