"The Fort that Lee Built" Fort Pulaski National Monument by goingsolo
Fort Pulaski National Monument Travel Guide: 19 reviews and 51 photos
After graduating West Point in 1829, young Robert E. Lee's first task was to construct Fort Pulaski. The fort took nearly 20 years to build and was supposed to be used to protect the United States against invasion. Instead, the fort became a staging ground for a stand-off between the Confederate and Union armies.
In 1861, the Georgia militia seized Fort Pulaski. The Union Army began firing on the fort from nearby Tybee Island. In April, 1862, after a 30 hour barrage of canon fire, Charles Olmstead surrendered the fort to the Union forces. The high brick walls sustained massive damage, which remains visible with the indentations of canon fire. The battle to recapture Fort Pulaski marked one of the first uses of rifle canons, long range weapons capable of destroying brick fortresses.
A visit to Fort Pulaski tells part of the stories of the two armies struggle. The Union carried the day here, but it would be another three years before the bloodiest battle would end. Fort Pulaski was an important part of the Confederates defense against naval attacks and helped protect against invasion inland to the city of Atlanta. But this fort was not the stronghold of the Confederates and, although they fought bravely to keep possession, it was neither the beginning or the ending battle of the war. But those are stories for other pages.
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