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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  • We went on a family trip and went for the 3 o'clock guided tour. Our tour guide was fantastic. It was very interesting. There is a lot of history here. I definitely recommend the tour it is free with ...  more »
  • We stopped in and found out there was a tour starting. Fabulous free tour by a park volunteer who did a super job of explaining the whole history of the fort and put it in a technology context. Best t...  more »
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  • They were doing some preservation work on a few areas so we weren't able to see everything. Overall, the fort is well kept and fun to explore. The area around the fort is also beautiful. I would definitely recommend if you're into history or if you're looking for a family friendly activity in the area.
  • We got there just in time for the first tour. The history of the fort was very interesting. Our tour guide was wonderful, he answered our questions and also expanded on some other things that was related to the questions asked. We loved the idea that you could go back to see what you didn't see the first time. The receipt is good for 1week so you can go back as often as you like. It's a must see

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