pieces of 1861

Our next stop for the day was Fort Sumter National Monument.

We took a ferry out to the Fort located at the entrance to the Bay.

Decades of growing strife between North and South erupted in civil war on April 12, 1861, when Confederate artillery opened fire on this Federal fort in Charleston Harbor. Fort Sumter surrendered 34 hours later. Union forces would try for nearly four years to take it back.

The canons would swivel on this track to aim in different directions.

Most of the canon holes were bricked up.

It was crazy to think back about 150 years ago when this place was boasting with soldiers and being attacked.

The original layout of the Fort.

Cooper missed most of this tour, I don't think he was too sad about it.

The view back into Charleston.

He woke up for the last few minutes to get a few pics to say he was there ;)

The view leaving.

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