Where the American Civil War Began
Decades of growing strife between North and South erupted in civil war on April 12, 1861, when Confederate artillery opened fire on this Federal fort in Charleston Harbor. Fort Sumter surrendered 34 hours later. Union forces would try for nearly four years to take it back.
Visit Fort Sumter
Learn more about visiting Fort Sumter by ferry or with your own boat.Read More
Visit Fort Moultrie
Experience 171 years of American seacoast defense. Take a tour of Fort Moultrie's history from the American Revolution through World War II.Read More
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Visit Charles Pinckney NHS
Visit nearby Charles Pinckney National Historic Site.Read More
Did You Know?
Fort Sumter National Monument has one of the best collections of 19th century seacoast artillery anywhere in the United States. Fort Sumter National Monument, SC