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An April 2004 trip to Charleston by Mary Dickinson

Fort Sumter National Monument Photo, Charleston, South Carolina More Photos
Quote: Visiting parks and forts in and around Charleston Harbor will introduce you to a lot of our country's history. You will be able to understand military installations, what takes place during wartime, and how our country protects itself.

Fort Sumter National Monument

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Fort Sumter National Monument Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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Before the Civil War, Charleston was the most important seaport on the Atlantic Ocean in the south. Living in a wealthy economy, dependent upon cotton, rice and slavery, South Carolina was the first state to seceded from the union after the election of Abraham Lincoln as president because they saw him as a threat to state’s rights. Within a few short months, Charlestonians would fire the first shots of a long destructive war that would change their way of life forever. Federal forts had been constructed in the Charleston area to protect the city from invasion after the War Of 1812. Granite, mostly from New England, was used to build an island on a shoal in the harbor to construct a fort. It ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 2, 2004

Fort Sumter National Monument
1214 Middle St
Sullivan's Island, South Carolina 29482
+1 843 883 3123

Fort Moultrie National Monument

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Attraction | "Fort Moultrie"

Fort Moultrie National Monument Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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Expecting to find a Civil War battle site, we were surprised to find Fort Moultrie is a military fort layered in history. Sullivans Island, where the fort is located, is touristy and has residential housing but most of the housing near the fort, itself, is military. There are more, small military fortifications on the island, along the seashore, away from the fort. A new Visitors' Center, with free parking, is right across the street from the fort. The museum and gift shop in the Visitors' Center are an excellent source of information on the history of Charleston Harbor and the movie in the theater will help unravel the overwhelming mountain of historic events you are about to be confronted...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 2, 2004

Fort Moultrie National Monument
1214 Middle St
Sullivan's Island, South Carolina 29482
+1 843 883 3123

Archealogical Discovery: The Hunley

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Attraction | "The H L Hunley at the Charleston Museum"

Archealogical Discovery: The Hunley Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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A strange looking submarine was on exhibit on the east lawn of the Charleston Museum in Charleston, SC. It had a propeller on the stern, fins along the sides and a long pole with a sausage shaped torpedo jutting from the bow. On top were two 18 inch hatchways, one aft and one forward. We noticed it because it's a big lawn ornament but a small submarine, only 25 feet long and four feet wide. A plaque stated it was a full size replica of the CSS H L Hunley that went down in Charleston Harbor during the Civil War. The torpedo was responsible for sinking the USS Housatonic, a screw sloop of war, 207 feet long, 38 feet in the beam and weighing 1240 tons. It was part of the Union blockade in Charlesto...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 3, 2004

Archealogical Discovery: The Hunley
Charleston Harbor
Charleston, South Carolina

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum

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Attraction | "Patriots Point"

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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A fleet of historic vessels, located at Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum in Charleston Harbor proudly display memorabilia from their participation in WW II, Korea, Vietnam and other significant places and events that brought the US into the ravages of war and escalated our country to become a formidable world power. The Yorktown Aircraft Carrier has been discussed in a separate entry. Other vessels located on the same pier include The Laffey, a destroyer, The Ingham, a Coast Guard cutter and the submarine Clamagore. A Vietnam Base Camp is located near the gift shop and snack bar and the Cold War Submarine Memorial is near the entrance to Patriots Point. Aboard ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 3, 2004

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum
40 Patriots Point Road
Charleston, South Carolina 29464-4377

USS Yorktown at Patriots Point

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Attraction | "USS Yorktown"

USS Yorktown at Patriots Point Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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My husband, Bob, served aboard the USS Forestall when he was in the navy. Going aboard an aircraft carrier with a sailor who had served on one is a memorable moment. At Patriots Point in Mt. Pleasant, SC, a long pier from the pavilion and gift shop leads out to the Yorktown CV-10 nicknamed "The Fighting Lady". Several sets of big metal stairs lead to the surface of the elevator (it elevated planes from the hangar bay to the flight deck) and entrance. Built in 1943, it was named after its predecessor that went down in the battle for Midway in WW II and it saw valiant action during the war also. (See movie "The Fighting Lady") It is now part of the museum at Patriots Point and headquarters ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 5, 2004

USS Yorktown at Patriots Point
Charleston Harbor
Charleston, South Carolina