At the end of this activity, students will be able to:
1) Describe at least one reason that made Fort Pulaski a strong fort.
2) Describe at least one reason that made Fort Pulaski a good defender of Savannah.
3) Name at least one way in which life was different for soldiers inside the fort compared to today.
Fort Pulaski was completed in 1847 to defend Savannah from foreign invaders. Capable of mounting more than 120 cannons, the fort was strategically located at the mouth of the Savannah River to intercept enemy ships. While stationed at Fort Pulaski, the soldiers lived, worked and practiced in the fort. Ships kept the fort regularly supplied with food, clothing, medicine and military equipment. The fort saw one battle--during the Civil War in 1862. About 400 Confederate soldiers inside the fort were defending it against Union soldiers firing long-range cannons from Tybee Island. The new Union cannons were able to pound two holes in the corner of the fort, and the Confederates surrendered.
Print the lesson plan, student worksheets and pre-visit vocabulary list from the pdf file on the park website.
The teacher can review the student worksheets to assess their success in learning about the fort.