Fort Pulaski National Monument, Tybee Island

The location of the first rifled cannon test, Fort Pulaski National Monument was an important site in the American Civil War. The success of the cannon test rendered brick forts obsolete. The Union army asked Colonel Charles H. Olmstead, commander of the Confederate garrison, to surrender before using the cannon. They hoped he would accept and prevent needless loss of life. The colonel refused to surrender, and the Union army pummeled the fort in a siege that lasted only one day. This fort was mainly used as a prisoner-of-war camp because of its isolation on Cockspur Island surrounded by a moat. You'll find sleeping quarters and rooms where the colonel signed his surrender preserved inside the fort. Fort Pulaski National Monument is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, Tybee Island Edition.
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  • This fort played a role in the new country and the Civil War. The rangers and the volunteers are a great help.  more »
  • Always enjoy visiting the fort. Well kept, beautifully preserved not any evidence of restored, even replaced woodwork looks old, which it should. Great history area for all to enjoy.  more »
  • This Fort has a great Civil War history, which should be read about prior to your visit, first as a Confederate fortification and later as a Union Army compound and a prisoner of war "camp." It may be...  more »
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  • Awesome to see such history. Many plaques describing items and locations in and out of fort. The ammo storage bunkers are super cool to see. I did not do a guided tour as I like to do things at my own pace but from what I overheard, the guides seemed quite knowledgeable. Make sure to walk around the fort and see the cannon ball damage on the far wall. Great views from up top as well.
  • Absolutely loved this place! The engineering that went into the build was phenomenal. My wife and I planned to spend about an hour here but ended up at about 3-1/2. Decided to take a guided tour and it was great. FYI, visit the other forts in the area first. If you do not, plan on being disappointed with them after this one.
  • Very interesting. Spoke with National Park Service employee James Niles for a bit. He put things into perspective and let us see how it must have been back in the day. Things are very well preserved at the site. Kudos to the National Park Service for a great job.
  • I'm only going to give it a four because for the time being we couldn't go inside and I couldn't get a good look at it which was unfortunate but I really enjoyed walking around the outside and going into the museum's. It is a unique site seeing the outside walls of the fort. The park ranger staff was also very nice and helpful.
  • I stopped because I had seen the sign many times. It's was really neat, it was a self guide tour so you got to go all over. Very lad back so if you wanted to go behind the yellow rope it would probably be ok, but do it wisely because you go through the 200 year wood floor. Worth a stop and for 7 bucks well worth it!!!
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