The mission of Fort Pulaski National Monument is to preserve the fort, its associated structures, and surroundings and to interpret its roles in coastal fortifications, military technology and the Civil War.
The purpose of Fort Pulaski National Monument include:
The significance of Fort Pulaski National Monument is: It is one of the most well preserved examples of "third system" masonry coastal fortifications on the Southeast coast.
It is the site where rifled cannons first successfully breached masonry fortifications, forcing a hasty surrender of the fort and the closure of the port of Savannah, and signaled the end of such fortifications for coastal defenses.
Fort Pulaski is the site of Robert E. Lee's first assignment following his commission from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
It is the site of John Wesley's (the founder of Methodism) first sermon in the New World.
It is the site where General David Hunter, commander of the Department of the South, captured Fort Pulaski and within less than one month issued two General Orders freeing slaves first on Cockspur Island and later throughout Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina. President Lincoln later rescinded these orders but ultimately issued his own emancipation proclamation on January 1, 1863 probably having been influenced at least partially by General Hunter.
The National Monument contains one of the largest federally protected salt marsh environments in the United States.
Did You Know?
The wet ditch, or moat, that surrounds Fort Pulaski varies in width from 30 to 48 feet, and has an average depth of eight feet. Alligators, turtles, and small marine life inhabit the moat. Fort Pulaski National Monument, Georgia