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Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie Virtual Ranger Activity

Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical Park is now offering a Virtual Junior Ranger Activity. Complete the quiz using the park's website to earn Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie junior ranger badges!
Both Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie have junior ranger programs available to visitors of all ages. The park now offers an online activity that may be completed entirely at home!

Using our website as a resource, find the answers to each question below. Compare yours to the correct answer using the sliding tool over each image.

Once you've completed the quiz, download your badges from the bottom of this page. To download your badges, right-click and "save image as" jpeg. Once downloaded to your computer, you may print the badges to add to your collection!

What Year Did Construction on Fort Sumter Begin?

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Fort Sumter sits on a man-made island created using granite and other materials from the northeast. It is part of the Third System of Seacoast Defense, a series of fortifications built following the War of 1812. Construction of Fort Sumter was nearly complete when Major Robert Anderson's garrison first occupied it in December of 1860. 

How Many Fort Moultries Have There Been?

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The fort as you see it today has undergone many changes, and is not the first fort to be built in its location. Spanning 171 years of seacoast defense, the site was used first during the American Revolution and last in World War II. 

What Colors Was the Charleston Light Originally Painted?

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The Charleston Light on Sullivan’s Island has guided mariners into the harbor since 1962. The distinctive lighthouse is part of the United States Coast Guard Historic District that includes historic buildings dating back to 1894 when the US Life Saving Service protected seafarers from dangers along the nation’s coastlines.The National Park Service protects and preserves the historic district.

When Did the Battle of Sullivan's Island Occur?

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The first fort, made of palmetto logs and sand, was built for defense against the British in the American Revolution. The fort played a key role in the Battle of Sullivan's Island, which was one of the first Patriot victories in the war. The battle took place in the week before the Declaration of Independence was signed. Each year we commemorate the battle on Carolina Day. 

When Did the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment Fight on Morris Island?

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The 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment is best known for its service leading the unsuccessful Union assault on Battery Wagner, a Confederate earthwork fortification on Morris Island.This was one of the first major actions in which African American soldiers fought for the Union in the American Civil War. The courage of the soldiers in the 54th prompted the further enlistment of black soldiers. 

How Many Officers and Soldiers Was Fort Sumter Originally Built to Hold?

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Fort Sumter was under construction for over 30 years and never completed as originally planned. Between the Civil War and World War II the fort underwent many changes. 

Abner Doubleday is Often Mistakenly Credited as the Inventor of What?

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Abner Doubleday is often mistakenly credited as the inventor of what?

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Abner Doubleday served under Major Robert Anderson at the outbreak of the Civil War and later rose to the rank of brevet major general. 

Who were the union and confederate commanders during the Battle of Fort Sumter on April 12-13, 1861?

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The Union commander was originally from Kentucky, the Confederate commander from Louisiana. Both men were graduates of West Point, separated by 13 years. 

What seminole warrior was imprisoned at Fort Moultrie?

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During the 1830s this Seminole warrior led members of his tribe in Florida in a valiant attempt to resist the US Army’s efforts to relocate them to a reservation west of the Mississippi River. In October 1837, while negotiating under a white flag of truce near St. Augustine, Florida he was taken prisoner and later moved to Fort Moultrie.

What famous author and poet was stationed at fort moultrie?

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He enlisted as a private in the US Army on May 26, 1827 for a five year term. He entered under an assumed name and lied about his age, claiming to be 22 years old when he was only 18. At Fort Moultrie he was promoted to artificer, the rank of a noncommissioned officer or enlisted man who had a mechanical specialty. He went on to publish many works, including "The Gold-Bug", a short story that takes place on Sullivan's Island.

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