Wednesday, June 1, 2016

A Brief Timeout for (Civil) War

These guns are facing Tybee Island, from where a vicious assault came in 1862 from the Union Army.
The Rebel flag and me.
While the ladies of the house sunned themselves in the midday heat of South Georgia today, I got in a good hike and history lesson at Ft. Pulaski, across the mouth of the Savannah River from Tybee Island.

Ft. Pulaski was an important Rebel-held and heavily defended position at the beginning of the Civil War, defending commerce into and out of Savannah. Savannah is and was a vital port for the South and Ft. Pulaski looked impenetrable. But, because of the recent invention of rifled cannon, which the North used to perfection here, the defensive position was easily overwhelmed.

The Yankees set up 11 batteries on Tybee and simply pounded the holy hell out of Pulaski for a few hours. The Southerners gave up and were promptly thrown
Mortar and seashell composition of the walls was soft.
into an improvised brig, where they remained for quite a time. In fact, that brig held more than 500 Southern prisoners during the war.

The fort has been meticulously preserved-surrounded by a moat with a drawbridge access and is filled with informational plaques.

I will mention, as well, that a Flag of the Confederacy accurately flies over the fort in a display that is entirely right and proper. When Ft. Pulaski was taken by the Yankees, the battle flag had not yet been popularized (and would not, frankly, for many Southern armies). That's me, above, with the flag.

Here is some of what the fort looks like.

Ordinance was stored in this mound later in the war.
One of the guns inside the lower part of the fort.
Guns rotated on wheels.
The fort is a pentagon with a large green interior.
Drawbridge across the moat.
Prisoners were kept here.
Cannon and powder keg.
I love the brass in this cannon.
This picked up the cannons.
This big boy is aimed at Hilton Head.

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