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Fort Pulaski to Commemorate 151st Anniversary of Civil War Battle

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News Release Date: April 1, 2013
Contact: Gloria Lee, (912) 786-5787

Fort Pulaski National Monument will host two days of programming from Saturday, April 13 to Sunday, April 14 to commemorate the 151st Anniversary of the Siege & Reduction of Fort Pulaski.
 
For nearly two months, Union troops erected 36 guns in 11 batteries on the western shore of Tybee Island. The Union cannon on Tybee Island, over a mile away, converged on Fort Pulaski on April 10, 1862. After 30 hours, the brick walls of the Fort were breached, and the Confederate fort surrendered. The historic battle featured the first significant use of rifled artillery against a masonry fort and had international ramifications on the future design and construction of coastal forts.
 
Schedule of the Battle of Fort Pulaski 151st Anniversary Program follows:
 
Saturday, April 13, 2013
 
1:30 PM "Fort Pulaski Naval Campaign" - Boat Tour
Meet at Captain Derek's dock, Tybee Island.
 
Join us for a tour of Fort Pulaski from the water. The naval campaign for Fort Pulaski was as important to the Union victory as the much-vaunted rifled artillery. Faced with confusing channels, treacherous tides and a fort bristling with powerful cannons, the Union Navy was still able to encircle and isolate the fort. We will get a small taste of naval operations as we wind through Lazaretto Creek, the "back door" to the fort from Savannah, and cruise around the eastern edge of Cockspur Island past the historic North Wharf. The tour lasts approximately 2 hours.

Limited seating. Advance reservation required via phone at (912) 786-5787 extension 113.
 
Fort Pulaski interior (Confederate camp inside fort)

10:00 AM  Guided fort tour
11:00 AM  Cannon Demonstration
12:00 PM  Musket Demonstration
1:00 PM    Cannon Demonstration
2:00 PM    "Siege of Fort Pulaski"
3:00 PM    Cannon Demonstration
3:30 PM    Guided fort tour
 
Fort Pulaski exterior (Union camp outside fort)
Various living history demonstrations throughout the day.

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unday, April 14, 2013
 
Fort Pulaski interior (Confederate camp inside fort)
10:00 AM  Guided fort tour
12:00 PM  Musket Demonstration
2:00 PM    "Siege of Fort Pulaski"
3:00 PM    Children's Drill
3:30 PM    Guided fort tour
 
Fort Pulaski exterior (Union camp outside fort)
Various living history demonstrations throughout the day.
 
Fort Pulaski National Monument is located on U.S. Highway 80, 15 miles east of Savannah. An entrance fee of $5.00 per person is charged; ages 15 and under are free. For more information, please visit the park website at www.nps.gov/fopu or call (912) 786-5787. You can also follow the park on Twitter at www.twitter.com/FortPulaskiNPS or like the official Fort Pulaski National Monument Facebook page at www.facebook.com/FortPulaskiNPS.

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Did You Know?

Cockspur Island Bridge

The bridge connecting McQueens Island and Cockspur Island was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1938. Fort Pulaski National Monument, Georgia