Fort Pulaski National Monument, Tybee Island

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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. See Fort Pulaski National Monument and all Tybee Island has to offer by arranging your trip with our Tybee Island itinerary planner.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Fort Pulaski is located half way between Savannah and Tybee Island off of highway 80. If your doing the speed limit, you could easily miss it. It's a National Monument,so there is a fee to enter. It w...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    Superbly maintained, easily visited. Signage could be improved. Rather than just identifying locations, history and relevance should be presented. Weapons throughout the fort have no signage describin...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    Toured Ft Pulaski. Guide was very informative about the history of Fort. Great place to visit especially if you are Civil History buff.  more »
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  • May 23, 2017
    Fascinating historical place. Went two days and found different things to see and do each day. Very photogenic. I liked how much of the fort and surrounding area was accessible- haven't seen another fort where the underground parts are open to explore. There was construction on the access bridge, so getting there was a bit slow. Employees were very friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. Bathrooms were clean and easy to find. Displays were clear and easy to understand.
  • March 27, 2017
    I have not been to this for many years. They have done a lot of work to it and it looks great since what I had last remember when I was a child. I was a little sad to see that some of the rooms have been blocked off. I understand that he needs to be preserve that I know they don't want it to followed Fall Apart. I was just kind of comparing to other forts I had been like Fort Clinch or Casteel sent Marco where you're allowed to go in the rooms but I guess they felt that that was the best way to preserve it. Overall the staff was very helpful and it was a great day to be had by all. If you are visiting please understand that they are doing major construction on the bridge on the way in so there may be a few minute wait you're going yet. Also if you're in I can there is a great hiking route there as well worth seeing.
  • May 11, 2017
    This fort is totally unique from any other fort. It is a beautiful and fascinating place that should be put on your must see list. Be sure to engage the rangers in conversation as well as join the guided tour before or after exploring on your own. Highly recommend!!
  • March 18, 2017
    We went here on a Saturday and it wasn't overly crowded. We chose to take our own tour instead of the guided one. Was very affordable for a family of 3. They're still finishing up their repairs from the hurricane but all areas are still accessible. A great visit for any history buff with lots to look at.
  • April 10, 2017
    We did a lot during our visit. Our girls did the Junior Ranger Program. We had a very informational tour guide that was interactive. She answered a lot of questions and made you think. There is plenty to do and information to process. Highly recommend this fort and we will be doing this trip again. Wish other forts were this hospitable.

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