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DescriptionFort Sumter, a brick fortification built 1829-60 on a man-made island in Charleston Harbor, is accessible only by boat. On April 12, 1861, Confederate troops directed the opening shots of the Civil War against Fort Sumter, and after a 34-hour bombardment, the small Union garrison surrendered.
Confederate forces occupied the fort until February 1865, successfully defying the blockade and foiling Federal attempts to capture Charleston, which remained a major port of the Confederacy. The fort contains some large cannons, and projectiles fired during the war still are embedded in the thick walls. A museum displays relics. National Park Service rangers present history talks.
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Fort Sumter Tours
Learn about the role this brick fortification on a man-made island in Charleston Harbor played in the Civil War.