"The Fort that Lee Built" Fort Pulaski National Monument by goingsolo

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.

  • Last visit to Fort Pulaski National Monument: Feb 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    Sep 7, 2006 at 12:58 PM

    That cannon looks like it is pointed the wrong way ;-]

  • Stephen-KarenConn's Profile Photo
    Apr 14, 2006 at 2:23 PM

    Fort Pulaski is a remarkable place. I was there several times when I lived in Georgia. Thanks for giving my book a good rating on Amazon.

  • Apr 10, 2006 at 12:49 PM

    Hi L, :-)) Yep, I do get pretty excited when visiting new destinations. As usual, you describe a page real well. Thank you. 'njoy!


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