Friday, August 03, 2007

Fort Pulaski

Fort Pulaski was a really neat place to visit. I am not much of a history buff, but I found the Fort to be a very interesting place. As we toured the Fort, we learned alot about the Fort itself and of its history.

Things like: at the begining of the Civil War, Fort Pulaski was ranked as one of the most spectacular harbor defense structures in the United States. Many considered it to be "unbreachable". However, in 1862 Union forces began constructing 11 cannon batteries about a mile away from the west side of the fort. On April 11, 1862 those cannon batteries would fire a new weapon called the " rifled cannon" which had a range of 8,453 yards and that projected a bullet shaped shell that would spin giving it increased accuracy, range and penetration. Within 30 hours the rifled guns had such a devastating effect on the fort that it was surrendered and all forts like it were considered obsolete.

You can see the damage that the rifled cannons had on the wall, in the pictures.

The reder bricks show that the wall has been repaired and also show just how much of the wall that collasped.

I snapped a picture of Barry sitting on one of the
cannons atop of the fort.
At different times of the day, Soldiers come out and tell stories about the fort and their way of life in those times.
I enjoyed our visit to Fort Pulaski and learned a little history too.
I guess you can still learn things as you get older, or maybe it's just that you actually pay more attention then when you were in school.
Anyway, if you are in the area, I would highly recommend visiting Fort Pulaski!!!!

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