Fort Sumter had been under construction for more than 30 years in December of 1860 when Major Robert Anderson relocated his ... More
Fort Sumter National Monument
Fort Sumter had been under construction for more than 30 years in December of 1860 when Major Robert Anderson relocated his troops there in the middle of the night from Fort Moultrie . On April 12, 1861 the first shot of the Civil War was fired on the Fort by Confederate troops at Fort Johnson. Following 34 hours of fighting, Major Anderson surrendered but the siege continued for two more years. Fort Sumter has since stood as a symbol of Southern resistance. The fort is on 200 acres of land surrounded by water at the entrance to Charleston Harbor and is only accessible by boat, with ferries departing from Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant and Liberty Square in Charleston. Ferry fees: $14 adults; $12.50 seniors 62+; $8 children ages 6-11; children under 6 are free. Hours vary according to season; consult the website for more details.
The sight it's self is amazing! Wonderful and historical. Not something to miss, but it is so expensive. Also there is a long boat ride to the island and you only have an hour to spend at the fort. It's an amazing place, but price and time make it not as nice.
Fort Sumter is an interesting monument to take in. Touring the Fort is interesting as one can imagine being trapped in it during the outbreak of the Civil War.
The bad part about touring Fort Sumter is that it is only accesible by boat. The ferry fee to the location is rather expensive and then visitors only have an hour to tour the site before they're expected back on the ferry. If you're the type that likes to read signs and take your time at exhibits, this can be very annoying.
Wind is also a factor when visiting the site. They are almost strong enough at times to blow a person off balance.
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