Fort Sumter National Monument

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Fort Sumter National Monument

 

Fort Sumter, visible across the harbor from Waterfront Park and the Battery, is the famous site of the first shots of the Civil War.

Plainly seen across the harbor from Waterfront Park and the Whitepoint Gardens at the Battery, Fort Sumter is the famous site where the first shots of the U.S. Civil War were fired. Ft. Sumter was taken by the Confederate Army in 1861, and became a Southern stronghold for most of the Civil War, even towards the end of the conflict. The fort is only accessible by water: daily ferries run informative trips back and forth, leaving from the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center at Liberty Square and Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant, year round. Ft. Sumter Tours, a concessioner of the National Park Service, runs the daily boat tours to the island, and though entrance to the park is free, the tour does charge a fee. Tour times vary by season, and total tour time is approximately 2 hours 15 minutes (1 hour is spent at the fort).

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