At the Beginning of the Civil War...

Trip Start Dec 24, 2010
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Flag of United States  , Georgia
Monday, March 21, 2011

Fort Pulaski is only a few miles from the Lighthouse, so we thought we'd best stop in here too. The Fort is named for Count Casimir Pulaski, a Polish hero from the Revolutionary War.  He died in defense of the city of Savannah then.  It is shaped roughly as a pentagon.  The structure required twenty fife million brick to construct.  It's in amazingly good condition, considering it was built in 1847 and has gone through the Civil War.  The Union Forces breeched the southeast wall with their superior weapons fired from emplacements on Tybee Island, over a mile away.  This breach destroyed the roof of the powder magazine, which contained over forty thousand pounds of black powder.  The Colonel in command of the Fort wisely surrendered and thus saved the lives of his troops.  There were up to seven hundred men stationed here at one time.  Shortly before the outbreak of the war, the governor of Georgia took the fort from the Union troops who were here.  There were only two of them here at the time.  President Buchanan, not wanting to cause any discord among the Southern States, removed most of the men from all of the forts on the east coast.  Thus, the fort came into Confederate hands.  

The flag is interesting in that it has only seven stars, which stood for the first seven states having left the Union.  Later it contained eleven stars standing for the entire union.  This year is the one hundred fiftieth anniversary of the start of the Civil War.  Thus this flag is flown. Normally the fifty star flag of the winning side is flown.

The mounds shown in the photos on the north side of the fort were constructed after the war and contained the powder magazines.  A vast improvement over the prior design.  

Overall, I'd rate this site as a "Must See" if you are traveling in the area.  We'll be reporting from the City of Savannah tomorrow.  Thanks for tagging along with us.  A special thanks to those of you who made comments and sent emails after my veiled threat yesterday.  ;0)
   
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