Travel Photography Photos tagged as forts and civil_war
After seeing the damage done to this massive fort by new rifled cannon, Gen. Hunter made this profitic statement.
This explains the point a little bit. It was an extension out from the main fort to protect the main gate.
The moat goes completely around the main fort, with a separate channel around the Demilune
The only way to access the main gate is through the Demilune, so it is fairly protected.
This has obviously been restored from all the damage the fort suffered during the Civil War.
There are two draw bridges that must be crossed to get to the fort, this one to cross to the Demilune, and another to cross from the Demilune to the main gate.
The main gate and fort are hidden behind this point. During the Civil War, it was not raised as it is now.
Fort Sumpter was originally three stories, 50' above the water. It was reduced to one story after being shelled during the civil war.
A lot of the brick damage is visible in the interior walls.
Only one story remains of the original three story brick walls.
Some shells are still embedded in the walls, left over from the Civil War.
This shows how close the fort is to one of the shorelines.
The map shows Fort Sumpter, located towards the left in the center, and other forts and defensive positions around Charleston Harbor during the Civil War.
A view of the yard, walls and ferry at Fort Sumpter, in Charleston Harbor
Many of the casemates and cannon in Fort Sumpter were badly damaged during the Union seige later in the Civil War to retake the fort, ultimately successful.
This is a view as the ferry approached the fort. The black, concrete bunker in the center was added later. Exterior walls were originally three stories high.
This is the ramp from the Ferry dock to Fort Sumpter's entrance. Keep in mind it was three stories tall before the Civil War.
You can see a slight view of the ocean from the top of the fort.
This sign explains how the hot shot furnace was used
Cannon balls were dropped from this end and rolled down over a super hot fire at the bottom, where they sat until they were red hot. These ovens were made obsolete by ironed hulled vessels which wouldn't catch fire when hit.
This hot shot furnace has been fully restored, as has most of the fort.