• Currier & Ives lithograph depicting the bombardment of Fort Sumter

    Fort Sumter

    National Monument South Carolina

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Cypress tree

Large cypress trees at Congaree National Park.

Congaree National Park

Located 120 miles northwest of Charleston in Hopkins, SC, Congaree National Park is home to the largest remnant of old-growth floodplain forest remaining on the continent! Experience champion trees, towering to record size amidst astonishing biodiversity.

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Charles Pinckney NHS Visitor Center

The House at Snee Farm, circa 1828, houses the park's visitor center and museum.

Charles Pinckney National Historic Site

Just 11 miles from Charleston in Mount Pleasant, SC, Charles Pinckney National Historic Site is the last remaining 28 acres of Charles Pinckney's plantation Snee Farm. Charles Pinckney was a significant contributor to and signer of the United States Constitution.

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Fort Pulaski National Monument

Located 122 miles southwest of Charleston in Savannah, GA, Fort Pulaski National Monument demonstrates the quickly changing technology of war. In the days before the Civil War, brick forts were America's main defense against overseas enemies. In one two-day battle during the Civil War, new technology proved its superiority to brick forts. The Union army used rifled cannons to compel a surrender by Confederates inside Fort Pulaski. No one ever built a brick fort again after the battle.

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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