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Fort Sumter Today

 
 
Fort Sumter Today Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 4, 2011
1. Fort Sumter Today Marker
Inscription. Fort Sumter, visible in the far distance of Charleston Harbor, looks very different today. Built after the War of 1812, its tow two tiers are gone, destroyed during the Civil War. The fort's center is now dominated by Battery Huger, a huge, black, concrete artillery emplacement, built in 1898-1899.

The army used Fort Sumter for coastal defense until the end of World War II. Designated a National Monument in 1948, Fort Sumter today reflects one hundred years (1830s-1940s) of military activity.

In 1861, newly built Fort Sumter (right) was an imposing, three-tier, brick fortress designed for 135 guns and 650 men.

By August 1863, Fort Sumter (right) showed the effect of Union shelling. During the longest siege in U.S. military history, Union batteries bombarded the fort for 20 months (1863-1865), pounding it into a mound of rubble.
 
Erected by Fort Sumter National Monument - National Park Service - US Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 32° 47.439′ N, 79° 55.499′ W. Marker is in Charleston, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Calhoun Street and Concord Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Located at the Fort Sumter tour
Markers at the Wharf Overlook image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 4, 2011
2. Markers at the Wharf Overlook
boat wharf, adjacent to the South Carolina Aquarium. Marker is in this post office area: Charleston SC 29401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Port of Charleston (here, next to this marker); Fort Sumter Bricks (within shouting distance of this marker); Septima Poinsette Clark 1898-1987 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Borough Houses (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named The Borough Houses (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Liberty Tree (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Benjamin DuPré House (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Moses C. Levy House (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charleston.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Civil
 
Charleston Harbor image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 4, 2011
3. Charleston Harbor
Barely visible, in the distant center, is Fort Sumter. To the right of center is Castle Pinckney, another of Charleston's harbor fortifications on an island.
Fort Sumter from the Tour Boat image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 4, 2011
4. Fort Sumter from the Tour Boat
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 25, 2011, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 516 times since then and 58 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 25, 2011, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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