Near Charleston in Charleston County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Fort Sumter Today
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
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, 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
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
13. Granite wharf remains
14. 12-pounder mountain howitzer
15. Battery Huger
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, Castles • War, US Civil •
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 2,454 times since then and 159 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.