Day 5 – Fort Pulaski

Cannon on the upper ramparts of Fort Pukaski

Cannon on the upper ramparts of Fort Pukaski

We paused for Ice Cream, then returned the way we came, visiting Fort Pulaski. This was a state of the art brick fort during the Civil War era, and successfully proved brick forts were obsolete when Union forces forced its surrender after a 30 hour bombardment The leveled corner was rebuilt – and the area was used as a prisoner holding area.

The fortress is very large and relatively complete, a classic shield fort surrounded by a moat, perched in the center of a flat swampy island that ensured control of the waterway. We went in, Mum and Trixie exploring the lower level and Pops went to the upper level. From there he could spy a small lighthouse on the river, Cockspur light. But swampy fields and distant forests made the fort seem to be a place out of time, awaiting a chance to stand tall again.

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