• Currier & Ives lithograph depicting the bombardment of Fort Sumter

    Fort Sumter

    National Monument South Carolina

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  • No Elevator Serivce at Fort Sumter

    The museum, restrooms, bookstore, and top level of Fort Sumter are only accessible by climbing stairs. For more information, visit the link below or please call (843) 883-3123. More »

  • No Water or Restrooms at Fort Sumter

    Due to a break in the Charleston water line supplying Fort Sumter, restrooms and drinking water are not available at the fort. Please bring drinking water with you if you plan to visit. Water and restrooms are available aboard the ferries.

Revolutionary War In The Classroom

Fort Sumter National Monument, of which Fort Moultrie is a unit, gives you a wonderful opportunity to have your students experience the power of visiting a place where significant events in American history happened. The lesson plan below is designed to engage and prepare students for their trip to the historic fort. There are additional resources and information available through this website that will make your trip to Fort Moultrie enjoyable and educational. We encourage you to use the activities listed, as they were designed to meet the state of South Carolina Social Studies curriculum standards and the National Council for the Social Studies national curriculum standards.

Battle of Sullivan's Island Lesson Plan (pdf, 59 KB)

Map of Charleston Harbor (jpg, 72 KB)

Did You Know?

Artist's rendition of the opening shot of the American Civil War with Fort Sumter in the distance.

The first shot of the American Civil War didn't hit anything. It was a 10-inch mortar shell, fired from Fort Johnson, that exploded above Fort Sumter as a signal for Confederate artillery to open fire on the Union-held fort. Fort Sumter National Monument, SC