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?
On April 14, 1865, Maj. Gen. Robert Anderson came out of retirement to re-raise the same U.S. flag over Fort Sumter that he had lowered in surrender four years earlier. This flag is now on exhibit at the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center. Fort Sumter National Monument, SC