A short boat ride from Charleston, SC transports visitors to the Fort Sumter National Monument. Be sure to allow plenty of time for this visit since there is a great deal to see inside the air-conditioned museum and throughout the grounds.
These canons were completely covered with sand, debris and dirt for years before being discovered in the 20th century.
One of the projectiles lodged into the brick wall. It’s chilling to imagine such devices flying through the smoky, sooty air with only one purpose.
These huge cannon could be rotated from left to right on tracks set in the stone base as shown below.
At one point in its history, Fort Sumter was used as an earthworks, so the openings for the cannons had to be bricked over to contain the dirt.
Originally, these walls were approximately 50 feet above low tide.
Tabby is an oyster shell based mortar used in the original construction of Fort Sumter, and utilized again during repairs in the 1870s.
Silent passages allow quiet reflection.
Fifty-four soldiers and an unknown number of slaves were killed at Fort Sumter.