Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Charleston, South Carolina: Fort Sumter
Lesson number one when it comes to Fort Sumter: it's in the middle of Charleston Harbor. Which means you have to take a boat to it. There's a charge for the boat ride, but admission to the actual fort is free.
For those of you who missed that day in American History class, Fort Sumter is the physical starting point of the Civil War. There were no casualities during the actual battle, although someone was killed while loading a cannon after the North surrendered. There are still some old cannons on the site, and there's a museum. A picture from inside the fort is shown.
By the way, the boat ride starts at the docksite of the USS Yorktown, which certainly is worth a stop if you have the time.