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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  • I have always tried to get my wife to go to "landmark" places and such, particularly Fort Pulaski. Well, I was here in Savannah and went without her. Loved the history here and the park rangers were i...  more »
  • Chip was our guide at Fort Pulaski. We were there almost 4 hours and could of stayed longer. Chip is an excellent host and is a treasure of information. The fort is in such good condition you can take...  more »
  • It blew me away that a place that had been bombarded in the Civil War is this well preserved. There is a lot to see and read. I think there was a audio portion but it was still damaged from a hurrican...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Always enjoy a trip to Ft. Pulaski. There are a few trails leading to different views all over the island. Walk through the trees, by the river, or to see the lighthouse. Going through the fort the the fort is cool, literally. Underneath the earthen berms it is quite cool, even in the Summer. If you can bear the heat, take one of the spiral stone staircases up to the top for great views of Tybee and beyond. With lots of other history it's definitely worth the nominal fee to get in.
  • I haven't been in quite a few years, but the couple of times I have been, I loved it! You can feel the historic spirit of the fort and imagine how it was used! I love historical monuments and visiting old forts gives me a rush that is hard to explain! I will be taking my girls once they are old enough to understand what is being said to them!
  • An amazing place to visit. This fort is very impressive! Great for kids and adults! There are many things to explore on this island beyond just the fort. Plan to spend at least 4 hours at this location.
  • The wife and I have been here a few times. We love walking around and watching the cannon fire. Great for a weekend when you have nothing to do and you'll learn something too.

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