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Near Charleston in Charleston County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Fort Sumter Today

 
 
Fort Sumter Today Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 3, 2010
1. Fort Sumter Today Marker
Inscription. The Fort Sumter that you see today bears little resemblance to the imposing, three tiered brick fort of 1861. The fort's present appearance is the result of more than 100 years of change. Bombardment, reconstruction, and renovation have reshaped the fort and extended its life.

By the end of the Civil War in 1865, heavy shelling had reduced Fort Sumter to ruins. The fort was partially rebuilt in the 1870s, but many remnants of the original structure remain and can be seen throughout the fort today.

Battery Huger, the massive concrete structure in the center of the parade ground, was completed in 1899 in response to the Spanish-American War. Changes to Battery Huger kept pace with modern technology and Fort Sumter continued as part of the U.S. coastal defense system until the close of World War II.

For Your Safety
While every effort has been made to make your visit safe and enjoyable you must remain alert and cautious
Fort Sumter Today Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 4, 2013
2. Fort Sumter Today Marker
in all areas of the fort. Please be especially careful on uneven surfaces and stairways.

Do not go beyond chain or rail barriers. To help preserve the fort, we ask that you do not climb or sit on cannons, cannon carriages, or brickwork. Do not disturb or remove artifacts.
 
Erected by Fort Sumter National Monument, South Carolina - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 32° 45.146′ N, 79° 52.49′ W. Marker is near Charleston, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Touch for map. Marker is located at Fort Sumter National Monument and only reached by boat. See links below for more information about access to the site. Marker is in this post office area: Charleston SC 29412, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Sumter 1861-65 (here, next to this marker); Battery Huger (here,
Line Diagram and Illustration Key image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 3, 2010
3. Line Diagram and Illustration Key
next to this marker); Charleston Besieged (a few steps from this marker); Fort Johnson (a few steps from this marker); The Garrison Defending Fort Sumter (a few steps from this marker); Holding the Fort (a few steps from this marker); Fort Moultrie (within shouting distance of this marker); Gorge Wall (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charleston.
 
More about this marker. The marker displays a line diagram and an aerial photograph of Fort Sumter as it appears today. The illustrations are keyed to indicate important points:

1. Left face casemate ruins

2. Left flank casemate ruins

3. Right face

4.
Aerial View of Fort Sumter image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 3, 2010
4. Aerial View of Fort Sumter
Right flank

5. Right gorge angle

6. Sally port

7. Parade ground

8. Union garrison monument

9. Powder magazine

10. Officers' quarters ruins

11. Enlisted men's barracks ruins

12. Esplanade

13. Granite wharf remains

14. 12-pounder mountain howitzer

15. Battery Huger

16. Museum

17. Restrooms
 
Also see . . .
1. Directions to Fort Sumter. The only way to reach the fort is by boat. Most visitors use the Spirit Line Cruises, although private boats are allowed. (Submitted on May 11, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Fort Sumter. The National Park Service web site offers many documents detailing the fort's history and role IN history. (Submitted on May 11, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Civil
 
Markers in front of Battery Huger image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
5. Markers in front of Battery Huger
The markers stand on what remains of the Fort's parade field.
Fort Sumter Today image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, May 29, 2011
6. Fort Sumter Today
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 11, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,418 times since then and 123 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on May 11, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on August 17, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   3, 4. submitted on May 11, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   5. submitted on May 10, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   6. submitted on August 15, 2011, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.
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