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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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  • If someone ever tells this is indestructible or will never sink (i.e. Titanic) run away. This is what this Fort was supposed to be. What took 20+ years to build was surrendered to Union forces after 3...  more »
  • Weather was great when I visited on a sunny warm late November morning. The story of the forts soggy location, compensating support system, ventilation and drainage - even before armements - is worth ...  more »
  • 4 and 6 yr old grands loved it as well. If we hadn't been with them, I think the guided tour would have been nice. Loved the history. 
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  • What can I say about Ft. Pulaski? It is s medium fort that one can explore for a couple of hours. There is s nice visitor center, tunnels, a moat, cannon, stairwells, and plenty of history. During peak times, there are guides. There are also plenty of cool picture taking opportunities!
  • Very cool part of history. The Fort and the surrounding grounds are all in great shape and interesting to explore. Bring sunscreen because there is very little shade. My kids and I am loved exploring every nook and cranny of the Fort. They also particularly enjoyed the live canon firing.
  • I didn't expect much going in, but was pleasantly surprised at how interesting the fort was. The hilight was the Cannon demonstration. Just FYI they have updated toilet facilities and water filling stations for those hot summer days.
  • This is the type of government landmark that you go to and realize that our tax dollars are not at waste to keep these sites going. Very cool place for the kids and adults. Nice grounds, they even have times of the day where they fire cannons. They have some great remnants from when the fort was occupied and in use, definitely worth stopping by and checking this place out.
  • I loved everything! The main Fort was amazing and all of its features were impressive. The staff was friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. And the trails and secondary features were delightful. Weapon demonstration was the bomb!!!