"Start of the Civil War" Fort Sumter National Monument by grandmaR

We see Fort Sumter from a distance whenever we cross Charleston Harbor on the ICW or go in or out of Charleston Harbor

From the NPS website:

The first engagement of the Civil War took place at Fort Sumter on April 12 and 13, 1861. After 34 hours of fighting, the Union surrendered the fort to the Confederates. From 1863 to 1865, the Confederates at Fort Sumter withstood a 22 month siege by Union forces. During this time, most of the fort was reduced to brick rubble. Fort Sumter became a national monument in 1948.

Whenever we are in Charleston, we try to visit some of the local attractions. This spring, my husband and I took my son and grandson and granddaughter, and we took the trip out to Ft. Sumter.

For additional information on visiting the fort, see my Charleston tip.

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  • Pros:Historic
  • Cons:Only access by water
  • In a nutshell:Guards the entrance to Charleston Harbor
  • Last visit to Fort Sumter National Monument: Mar 2002
  • Intro Updated Aug 9, 2011
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