Evening Casemate Lectures at Fort Pulaski

Union Blockading Force off the entrance of the Savannah River, 1861
The Naval Blocakde of Savannah

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News Release Date: March 29, 2012

Contact: Gloria Swift, (912) 786-5787

Evening Casemate Lectures at Fort Pulaski

Savannah, GA - Fort Pulaski National Monument will offer special evening lectures in the casemates of Fort Pulaski National Monument on April 10 and April 11, 2012 to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Siege & Reduction of Fort Pulaski.

For nearly two months, Union troops erected 36 guns in 11 batteries on the western shore of Tybee Island. The Union cannon on Tybee Island, over a mile away, converged on Fort Pulaski on April 10, 1862. After 30 hours, the brick walls of the Fort were breached, and the Confederate fort surrendered on April 11, 1862. The historic battle featured the first significant use of rifled artillery against a masonry fort and had international ramifications on the future design and construction of coastal forts.

The evening casemate lectures are free of charge. Reservations are requested but not required. Please contact Park Ranger Gloria Swift at (912) 786-5787, extension 218 or via email at Gloria_Swift@nps.gov for more information.

Tuesday, April 10 - 7:00 PM

Stories of the Unexpected: The Civil War Naval Experience of Savannah & the Georgia Coast
Ken Johnston, Executive Director, National Civil War Naval Museum

Ken Johnston has worked in third person historic interpretation at Callaway Gardens, the Atlanta History Center, the Rural Florida Living History Museum, Colonial Williamsburg, and Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens. At the National Civil War Naval Museum, he tells the stories of sailors, soldiers, slaves, and civilians in relation to the Navies of the Civil War. He received a Certificate in Historical Interpretation by the nationally acclaimed training program at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

Wednesday, April 11 - 7:00 PM

Life in Civil War Savannah
Talley Kirkland, Park Ranger, Fort McAllister Historic State Park

Talley Kirkland served as a Park Ranger at Fort Pulaski National Monument for 32 years. After retiring from the National Park Service in 2005, he went on to work for the Georgia State Parks at Fort McAllister Historic State Park. With about 40 years of experience interpreting the history of Georgia's civil war forts, Kirkland is an expert on the Civil War in coastal Georgia.

Fort Pulaski National Monument is located on U.S. Highway 80, 15 miles east of Savannah. For more information, please visit the website of Fort Pulaski National Monument at www.nps.gov/fopu or call (912) 786-5787. You can also follow the park on Twitter or like the official Fort Pulaski National Monument Facebook page.  

Last updated: April 14, 2015

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