Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical Park has countless stories, rich in their diversity, but anchored in themes of freedom, service, and injustice. These sites are just a small piece of the American experience which builds the story of our nation.
Through wars and natural disasters, the stories that make Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie special have endured and are brought to life for new generations of visitors. Each visitor that spends time at our national historical park adds to the timeline and creates new stories and memories to be shared. Enjoy the articles on this page to learn more about the significance of Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical Park.
Battle of Fort Sumter, April 1861
Learn more about the opening battle of the American Civil War here.
The Echo Affair
The arrival of the African survivors of the slave ship, Echo, in Charleston in 1858 further divided the country over the issue of slavery.
54th Massachusetts Regiment
The 54th Massachusetts Regiment achieved lasting fame and proved the valor of black soldiers in combat in Charleston Harbor in 1863.
Battle of Sullivan's Island - 1776
Patriots inside a palmetto log fort decisively defeated the Royal Navy in June 1776. The victory increased patriotic fervor in the South.
Siege of Charleston - 1780
The British southern campaign had tremendous early success with their capture of Charleston, the largest American defeat of the Revolution.
Battle of Secessionville - 1862
The Battle of Secessionville, a Confederate victory, protected Charleston against the only overland campaign attempted by the Union.
Amphibious Assault on Fort Sumter
The Confederate defenders of Fort Sumter defeated US Navy sailors and Marines in a brief and decisive battle on September 8, 1863.
Last updated: September 16, 2020