A Turning Point in Military History

For much of the 19th century, masonry fortifications were the United States’ main defense against overseas enemies. However, during the Civil War, new technology proved its superiority to these forts. The Union army used rifled cannon and compelled the Confederate garrison inside Fort Pulaski to surrender. The siege was a landmark experiment in the history of military science and invention

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See a Musket Demonstration

Interpretive Programs

Fort Pulaski National Monument offers daily interpretive programs including guided tours and musket firings.

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A Park Ranger talks with students inside the fort.

Education Programs

Fort Pulaski National Monument staff members work with educators to emphasize the significance of the Siege of Fort Pulaski.

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The Cockspur Island Lighthouse at Dusk

The Cockspur Island Lighthouse

Clinging to the tip of Cockspur Island, the Cockspur Lighthouse has withstood crashing waves, the roar of cannon, and the wrath of time.

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Collage of Trading Cards

Trading Cards for Kids

Discover more than 500 stories about America’s journey from the Civil War to Civil Rights. View online or visit this park to collect your own copies.

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