Fort Sumter National Monument tells the stories of people who changed America during some of its most trying years. Those stories range from regular citizens defending their homes behind a palmetto log fort while the most powerful navy in the world attacked, to former colleagues commanding opposing armies, to an enslaved African American risking his life to better the lives of four million; all shaping the history of the United States. Explore this part of our website to learn more about these and more incredible stories about these people.
Did You Know?
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