Fort Pulaski–Tybee Island

October 17, 2012
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Fort Pulaski

Technically located on Cockspur Island, near Tybee Island, Georgia,  Fort Pulaski was a fort built after the War of 1812, and which saw significant battle during the Civil War.  After the federal victory, the fort was turned into a prison for 600 Confederate soldiers, known as the Immortal 600.

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The fort, which was taken by Confederate troops at the beginning of the Civil War, also saw its defeat and return to the Union in 1862.  The outside of the fort is surrounded by a large bricked moat, complete with a resident alligator. Within the bounds of the moat are additional earth fortifications prior to reaching the actual entrance to the fort.  The fort and its significant artillery of cannons was designed as part of the coastal defense fortifications following America’s second war with the British.

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Within the walls of the fort, visitors can walk along the lower level of the fort and see the rooms where soldiers lived, served, or were imprisoned.

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Visitors can also climb to the top level of the fort, and see the views of the coastal waterways the fort was designed to protect.

 

Outside of the fort, several trails can be hiked within the national monument area. One trail, the lighthouse trail is a 1.75 mile trail that provides views of the fort’s exterior walls. One can still see the significant damage to the wall from the new rifled cannons used on the fort.  

This trail then continues out to the edge of the island to provide views of a lighthouse out in the waterway.

Directions:

From Interstate I-95:

1. Take Exit 99 onto Interstate I-16 East (James L Gillis Memorial Hwy) for 7 miles.
2. Take Exit 164A onto Interstate I-516 East toward US-80 East.
3. Take Exit 3 (US-17 S/US-80 E) toward US-80 East.
4. Turn left onto Ocean Highway, Ogeechee Rd (US-17 N, US-80 East).
5. Bear right onto West Victory Drive (US-80 East).
6. Continue on US-80 East for 13 miles

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