• Currier & Ives lithograph depicting the bombardment of Fort Sumter

    Fort Sumter

    National Monument South Carolina

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    The museum, restrooms, bookstore, and top level of Fort Sumter are only accessible by climbing stairs. For more information, visit the link below or please call (843) 883-3123. More »

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    Due to a break in the Charleston water line supplying Fort Sumter, restrooms and drinking water are not available at the fort. Please bring drinking water with you if you plan to visit. Water and restrooms are available aboard the ferries.

Your Fee Dollars Help Preservation at Fort Moultrie

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Date: January 14, 2014
Contact: Bill Martin, (843) 883-3123 x 11

During the week of January 13–17 Fort Sumter National Monument is preserving the ornamental iron fence around Osceola’s grave, located at Fort Moultrie on Sullivan’s Island. This preservation work is made possible, in part, by entrance fees paid at Fort Moultrie. This is your fee dollars at work.

Osceola was a key leader in the native resistance to U.S. encroachment onto Seminole lands during the Second Seminole War. He was captured in Florida and brought to Fort Moultrie in 1837. On January 30, 1838, Osceola succumbed to a fever and died. He was buried the following day in the grave outside the fort walls.

The National Park Service has partnered with the Warren Lasch Conservation Center (WLCC) of Clemson University to perform restoration work on the iron fence surrounding his grave. The team of conservators from WLCC is using state of the art techniques to quickly and gently remove old paint layers and corrosion from the fence. Corrosion inhibitors and a new coating will then be applied to preserve the fence for years to come.

Fort Moultrie is administered by the National Park Service as a unit of Fort Sumter National Monument. Located at 1214 Middle Street on Sullivan’s Island, SC, Fort Moultrie is open daily from 9:00–5:00 except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Days. For more information, call (843) 883-3123.

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