Fort Sumter National Monument / Charles Pinckney National Historic Site It's National Park Week. Where can you picture yourself? How about one of the most popular cities in America? Or at the beach? How about one of the most historic forts in America? Or at the home of a principal signer of the U.S. Constitution? How about all of the above? Picture yourself at Fort Sumter National Monument, or at Fort Moultrie, or at the Charles Pinckney National Historic Site. Picture yourself at the national parks in Charleston, South Carolina.
For nine days in April 2011, the National Park Service along with its partners and the public commemorated the first shots of the American Civil War. This 21 minute video allows viewers to get a brief look at what those nine days entailed and the importance of commemorating events such as these. Although the commemoration is over, the National Park Service at Fort Sumter continues to help visitors interpret and understand the events of that day and what those events mean to us 150 years later. As National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis said in July 2011, "I can promise you that we will be here everyday of every year watching over this place, to keep it and protect it; to pass it's story on to future generations of Americans."
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