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Contact: Joel Cadoff, 912-665-1323
SAVANNAH, GA – To commemorate Veterans Day the National Park Service will waive entrance fees for the entire holiday weekend. Savannah’s national park – Fort Pulaski National Monument – will be free to visit Saturday and Sunday, November 11th and 12th.
Fort Pulaski National Monument will honor our nation’s veterans with a special living history weekend. Living historians from the 48th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment will recreate many aspects of daily life inside Civil War-era Fort Pulaski. A variety of programs will be offered giving visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in the sights and sounds of the American Civil War.
The 48th New York Infantry was stationed at Fort Pulaski from June 1862 through June 1863. During their year-long stay, the unit remained vigilant, always prepared for a Confederate counter attack, an attack that never materialized. Their stay was documented in a series of early photographs that are displayed in exhibits throughout the park.
On Saturday, November 11th at 1:00 p.m. author John Walker Guss will discuss the 48th New York Volunteers and his Images of America series book on Fort Pulaski. After the program his book will be available for purchase and signing by the author at our Eastern National Bookstore.
Saturday, November 11, 2017
10:00 The Civil War Soldier – The uniform and gear of a Union Soldier
11:00 Company Drill and Musket Demonstration
11:30 Guided Fort Tour
1:00 p.m. Special Program – The History of the 48th New York at Fort Pulaski
Book Signing – Images of America: Fort Pulaski by John Walker
1:30 Quartermaster and Mail Call
2:00 A Funeral at Fort Pulaski
2:30 Guided Fort Tour
3:30 Bayonet Drill & Musket Demonstration
4:00 Salute to Veterans Day
Sunday, November 12, 2017
9:00 Barracks & Soldier Inspection
10:00 Company & Bayonet Drill
11:00 Church Call
11:30 Guided Fort Tour
12:30 p.m. Baseball Game
1:00 Special Program – The History of the 48th New York at Fort Pulaski
2:00 March out of Fort – Living History Program Concludes
3:00 Guided Fort Tour
Active duty service men and women - Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and activated National Guard and Reserves - can obtain a free annual pass waiving entrance fees to all 401 national parks. Active duty military personnel and dependents with proper identification (CAC Card or DD Form 1173) can obtain the military version of the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass which permits free entrance to sites managed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. Forest Service, and the U.S. Army Corps. The pass is also available at these locations.
For more information about this pass and others please visit:
Fort Pulaski National Monument is located on U.S. Highway 80, 15 miles east of Savannah. For more information, please visit the park website at www.nps.gov/fopu or call (912) 786-8182. You can also follow the park on Instagram at www.instagram.com/FortPulaskiNPS, on Twitter at www.twitter.com/FortPulaskiNPS, or like the official Fort Pulaski National Monument Facebook page at www.facebook.com/FortPulaskiNPS.