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Saluting a fort's Civil War battle

Posted by Jan Shepherd  April 12, 2012 11:00 AM

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The Fort Pulaski National Monument near Savannah, Ga., marks the 150th anniversary of the famous Civil War battle there with special programming from now through April 15. Located on Cockspur Island at the mouth of the Savannah River, the innovative fort was completed in 1847 to bolster the nation’s coastal defenses after the War of 1812. In the Civil War, the Union Navy’s superior firepower forced the Confederate-held fort to surrender after a 30-hour bombardment from nearby Tybee Island that began April 10. Among the special events are lectures, a documentary premiere, demonstrations, and commemoration of Major General David Hunter’s order to free slaves there. The celebration culminates with weekend encampments at the fort and Tybee Island Battery Park. Daily admission $5. See www.nps.gov/fopu for full schedule. Even without the special events, Fort Pulaski is a must-see landmark that’s open year-round with self-guided and guided tours.

Photo of Fort Pulaski by Jan Shepherd for The Boston Globe

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