Fort Pulaski Hosts Annual Post Thanksgiving Field Day

Scenes from Frank Leslie's Illustrated showing Thanksgiving Festivities at Fort Pulaski in 1862

Frank Leslie's Illustrated

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News Release Date: November 2, 2015

SAVANNAH –Fort Pulaski National Monument will commemorate the 153rd anniversary of the Grand Thanksgiving Fete and Festival of 1862 on Saturday, November 28, 2015. The event will recreate the field day offered by the 48th New York Infantry to celebrate their first Thanksgiving at Fort Pulaski.

The original event, held in 1862, gave the Union garrison of Fort Pulaski a respite from the constant vigilance which they maintained throughout their year-long residence on Cockspur Island. Of the day's events, one soldier commented, "The day was a memorable one, contrasting as it did so severely with the events which placed us there and continued to disturb the country."

Everyone is encouraged to participate in foot races, sack races, and wheelbarrow races. Amusements of the day will include guided tours of the fort and historic weapons demonstrations.

The event will also be an opportunity to try on clothing of the Civil War era. All are encouraged to participate in the "burlesque dress parade". There will be clothing for men, women and children, as well as accessories for the proper period look.

Saturday, November 28, 2015 

10:30 a.m.   
Guided Fort Tour 
11:30 The Races! (public competition) 
12:30 p.m. Cannon Firing Demonstration 
1:30 Guided Fort Tour 
2:30 The Races! (public competition) 
3:30 Cannon Firing Demonstration 

11:00 a.m. –3:00 p.m.
Burlesque Dress Parade (Dress in the fort's Civil War garb) 

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 call (912) 786-5787. You can also follow the park on Twitter at like the official Fort Pulaski National Monument Facebook page at

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Last updated: November 20, 2015

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