Fort Pulaski National Monument lies just east of Savannah, Georgia. Fort Pulaski was built well before the Civil War in order to provide protection to the important seaports of Savannah, GA. Fort Pulaski was named in honor of a soldier from the Revolutionary War. The historic military significance of this site occurred on April 11, 1862. On that date rifled cannons were used by Union Troops against the fort and in that instance masonry fortifications became obsolete. Rifled cannons were a huge improvement over smoothbore cannons (much as rifled barreled guns were a huge improvement over their smoothbore counterparts). Today Fort Pulaski National Monument stands basically restored to appearance in the mid 19th century. The fort displays life during the Civil War both from the Confederate years in the fort (1861-1862) and from the dates of Union occupations (1862-1875). The exhibits in the fort display most areas of life in the fort in that era including officer and enlisted men’s quarters and mess, chapel, and medical services among others. Fort Pulaski offers both Park Ranger guided tours (seasonal) and self-guided tours of the park.
In addition to the main fort the park also offers a visitor center where tourists can gather information on the park and other nearby sites of interest. The visitor center offers a modest museum and a nice bookstore focusing on the Civil War and other items of regional interest.
For those visitors not into the War Between the States, Fort Pulaski National Monument provides three well marked hiking trails ranging from a ½ mile paved trail to longer trails. The trails run along interesting habitat offering good opportunities to spot wildlife. There are also some good fishing spots at Fort Pulaski National Monument. Ask at the visitor center for more information on fishing regulations and restrictions.
Other sites of interest near Fort Pulaski include: Wassaw National Wildlife Refuge, Fort Morris State Historic Site, and a handful of Georgia and South Carolina State Parks. Fort Pulaski is located near the shopping and historic sites of Charleston, SC, and Savannah, GA.
Fort Pulaski is situated just east of Savannah, GA, making it ideal day trip for those living in or visiting Savannah. As Fort Pulaski is basically on the state line with South Carolina it is also an ideal day trip for those living in or visiting Charleston, South Carolina. Fort Pulaski is also situated close to Interstate 96 and Interstate 16 for those passing through the area.
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