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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  • One of those “Must Stop” places of American history. We spent several hours wandering around reading the signage and then bumped into one of the volunteer rangers who sort-of gave us a more personal t...  more »
  • enjoyed the day and had a picnic after seeing the fort at their picnic ground the guards where very helpful and it was dog friendly.  more »
  • Worth seeing! Took the whole family to lighthouse and fort. Everyone enjoyed themselves and the staff were so friendly!  more »
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  • Good place to visit.. currently the bridge approaching the fort after buying the tickets is under construction hence expect delays while entering. Guided tours are there at different time slots which I would recommend if you have that much time to spend. The ranger handling the guided tour is quite good and funny.
  • Incredible fort that is almost completely intact to its original construction. Many trails on the island make the site a great place to visit with the family for a few hours or an entire day. The purchase of your entrance pass allows you seven days of access to the island the fort is on, so if you don't have time to enjoy everything in one day, you can easily come back. Great Ranger led tours of the fort are offered for free, check the schedule at NPS.gov.
  • If you are visiting the Tybee Island area or are stationed at Fort Stewart, I highly recommend coming here! There is a lot of great history to learn about Fort Pulaski and the views are pretty incredible. It was free entry for military, so I took my family and they all enjoyed it. I would recommend allowing yourself to spend about 3-4 hours here. You can walk to the top of the fort walls and take the walking paths around the structure. I highly recommend going here, A+
  • This was a great trip for our faimly. We loved the history provided. They have done a good job keeping up the grounds. My kids loved wondering through the old tunnels.
  • Great tour, lots of history. Tour guide was really friendly and knowledgeable. Only downside is the mosquitos. Got bit pretty good. Otherwise it was pretty well maintained, considering there was some construction going on.

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