Southern Forts Week: Fort Sumter

12 04 2011

Although growing tensions between the North and the South had been present for decades, it wasn’t until this week, in 1861, on April 12th that the Civil War began. Shots rang out at Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina and when the battle was over, and the Confederate forces were victorious, the Union would try to win this historic fort back for four years. Today, the Confederate flag still waves, as a reminder of the military that once controlled this strategic fort.

Fort Sumter has had a long history before, from the Revolutionary war, and since, to World War II and today. Sumter was the first American victory over the British Navy in 1776, and encouraged the Patriots’ vision even further for their cause. It’s now owned by the National Parks service, so you and your family can visit the island and fort and experience over 170 years of history.




2 responses

13 05 2012
A Weekend in Charleston « Sweet Iced Tea

[…] I said, there was so much we didn’t get to this time around. From Magnolia Plantation to Fort Sumter to Sullivan’s Beach, and restaurants galore. Here are a few that are on our list for next […]

22 05 2013
Southern Fort: Fort Moultrie | Sweet Iced Tea

[…] as hurricane storms. Today, the National Park Service runs this historic landmark as part of the Fort Sumter National Monument. As this southern fort is located quite near my new home in Charleston, I plan to visit […]

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