All park sites will be closed on Thanksgiving Day (November 28), Christmas Day (December 25), and New Year's Day (January 1). This includes Fort Sumter, the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center, and Fort Moultrie.
Sesquicentennial Surrender of Fort Sumter
Contact: Linda Friar, (786) 385-0067
Contact: Nancy Gray, (865) 712-4928
National Park Service Recreates Surrender of Union Garrison at Fort Sumter on 150th Anniversary
WHAT: Fort Sumter National Monument is commemorating the 150th anniversary of the surrender of Fort Sumter on April 14, 1861 with a commemorative recreation of the surrender of the Union garrison. The event will include recreations of the lowering of the United States flag and the raising of the Palmetto Guard, South Carolina state, and 1st National Confederate flags; the departure of the Union garrison; and the Confederate forces taking control of the fort. Fort Sumter National Monument Park Historian Rick Hatcher will provide historical background and narration of the event.
WHEN: Thursday, April 14, 2011. Program starts at 3:15 p.m.; boat transportation to Fort Sumter departs at 2:00 p.m.
HOW: Boat transportation will be provided for media to Fort Sumter at 2:15 p.m. from Fort Moultrie (1214 Middle Street, Sullivan’s Island). The boat will return to Fort Moultrie at approximately 4:00 p.m. RSVP is required to secure a position on the boat, as space is limited. Please be prepared to provide the number of cameras, reporters, and gear. Call 843-883-3123, ext. 19 to reserve space on the boat.
Did You Know?
Fort Sumter's island was constructed with a foundation of over 70,000 tons of granite and other rock. For over a decade contractors from as far away as New York and the Boston area delivered this material by ship and dumped it on a shoal in Charleston Harbor. Fort Sumter National Monument, SC