Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Along US 80 between Savannah, Georgia and Tybee Island lies Fort Pulaski. Built on Cockspur Island at the mouth of the Wilmington River, the fort was built to defend Savannah. This fort, surrounded by a moat, was erected during the early part of the 19th century and is part of a system of coastal fortifications developed along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts to defend the country from foreign invasion. When Georgia succeeded from the Union, the fort became a confederate stronghold. The union armies were able to retake the fort by launching a surprise attack on the fort from neighboring Tybee Island. By using advanced fire power the union forced the confederacy to surrender. The fort barely escaped blowing up when the powder magazine narrowly missed being hit. Although the fort was nearly destroyed and fell into ruin, it was restored during the CCC years and still stands today. There are two outside walls that were left untouched during the restoration and they show the effects of the union warfare, including canon and other fire power that is still lodged in the battered wall. This site is operated by the National Park Service so admission discounts apply (military, seniors, etc.). If you like history and old forts, please stop here. There is a lot to see so plan to stay for a couple of hours or more. I personally liked the arched walkways surrounding the central parade yard. The craftmanship and superior architectural design are evident and a tribute to the builders of this fortification. Be sure to walk the grounds surrounding the fort for the best viewing of the damage to the fort. Enjoy your stay.