Just 20 miles east of historic Savannah your group will find your next stop, Fort Pulaski National Monument. This National Historic Landmark is located on Cockspur Island, right between Savannah and Tybee Island. There are many different dates of conception listed for this fort, but it is most commonly believed that it was first proposed right after the War of 1812, and shortly thereafter construction began, ending in 1847. In 1924 it was opened to the public, and in the 1980s it was established as a national monument. Like many 19th century masonry fortifications, Fort Pulaski was the island’s main defense from oversea threats, and Union armies during the Civil War.
Most of the homemade bricks that comprise Fort Pulaski came from the local historic Hermitage Plantation, an estimated total of about 25,000,000 bricks! The walls of the fort are 11 feet thick, at the time penetrated only by a smooth bore cannon. During the Civil War a rifled cannon caused the confederate armies to surrender, a siege that became a landmark experiment in the history of military science and invention. While here your group can follow in the footsteps of revolutionary thinkers, great engineering minds, fearless commanders (the fort's namesake for example, Polish commander Kazimierz Pulaski), and thousands of workers and soldiers who fought for and built this "third system coastal fort." A stop here will teach your group more essential information about historic Georgia and allow them to immerse themselves into local culture and landmarks!