Larry & Lee Ann's Journey travel blog

On our way this morning we crossed the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge...

Another look at the bridge after arriving at Patriots Point, our ferry...

Our trip will be on the Spirit of Charleston line....

This is the aircraft carrier, USS Yorktown, decommissioned in 1970...

A different angle of her as we pull out...

It's a beautiful day for a boat ride!

The bridge has a main span of 1,546 feet, the 2nd longest...

This guy is flying right along with us today...

An aerial photo of Fort Sumter, gives a great view of it...

Our view as we are arriving...

A look back at our ferry before we start our tour...

Welcome to Fort Sumter National Park...

The fort was designed to house 135 cannons...

I didn't know what a Powder Magazine was until today, perhaps I...

This is a portion of two of the rooms seen in the...

More of the remains of the fort...

Check out how the cannon swung back & forth on the track...

A view out one of the cannon 'windows'....

A little info for you...

Looking back at the cannons, in place & ready for action in...

The park ranger was very knowledgable & answered questions for us...

A look across the Fort...

The brick walls were five feet thick...

And, the Fort as it appears today...

Info sign...

Union artillery shell embedded in the brick...

The cannon windows are bricked closed here...

10 inch mortar info...

This is what a 10 inch mortar looks like...

8 inch Columbiad info...

And this, of course, is an 8 inch Columbiad...

Info on a 15-inch Rodman...

I'll bet it is loud when fired!

Entering the Museum...

Small, but full of information...

Fort Sumter's Battle Flag info...

More info on the flag...

The battle flag...

Wow, 43,000 shells!

Palmetto Guard Flag info...

As you can see, it is pretty deteriorated...

Back outside for a bit before we depart...

View from the opposite direction...

Back on our ship we pass another headed out...

There were numerous small sailboats out as well...

Looks like fun!

A few dark clouds forming as we make our way back to...

An interesting tour today & a nice ferry ride back to port...


Today Larry & I decided to tour Fort Sumter. As you know, Fort Sumter is the location where the first shot of the Civil War took place. It was an enjoyable ride over and the weather was in the low 70's, sunny with no wind. Perfect...The tour included a 30-minute narrated cruise through Charleston Harbor and back, as well as an hour to tour the fort and its on-site museum. In case you are not familiar with Fort Sumter, a bit of info for you:

On April 10, 1861, Brig. Gen. Beauregard, in command of the provisional Confederate forces at Charleston, South Carolina, demanded the surrender of the Union garrison of Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor. Garrison commander Anderson refused. On April 12, Confederate batteries opened fire on the fort, which was unable to reply effectively. At 2:30 PM, April 13, Major Anderson surrendered Fort Sumter, evacuating the garrison on the following day. The bombardment of Fort Sumter was the opening engagement of the American Civil War. Although there were no casualties during the bombardment, one Union artillerist was killed and three wounded (one mortally) when a cannon exploded prematurely while firing a salute during the evacuation on April 14. Union forces would try for nearly four years to take it back.

The Fort, named after a South Carolina Revolutionary War hero, was designed as part of a defensive system for Charleston Harbor. Plans were drawn in 1827, and construction began two years later. Located on a man-made island, it was constructed with a foundation of over 70,000 tons of granite from northern quarries. It was a pentagonal structure, fifty feet high, with walls eight to twelve feet thick. For over a decade contractors from as far away as New York and the Boston area delivered this material by ship and dumped it on a shoal in Charleston Harbor. A powerful symbol to both the South and the North, Fort Sumter remains a memorial to all who fought to hold it.

If you would like to read a bit more, I found this very interesting, short article! Just click the link:

Fort Sumter



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