“The birthplace of the rifled cannon”
The defining events of Fort Pulaski occurred during the American Civil War, but the people, places, and stories that shaped this monument of military ingenuity continue to live on today. For much of the 19th century, masonry fortifications were the United States’ main defense against overseas enemies. However, during the Civil War, new technology proved its superiority to these forts. The Union army used rifled cannon and compelled the Confederate garrison inside Fort Pulaski to surrender. The siege was a landmark experiment in the history of military science and invention
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Fort Pulaski National Monument
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