02 July 2007

Ft. Sumpter

I ended my Charleston fun by spending the morning at this fort. It has seen a lot of history, that is for sure. Interestingly enough, the state flag emblem comes from something that happened at a sister fort. During the revolutionary war, the British attacked Fort Multrie in order to get a foothold to attack Charleston, but the palmetto wood that they had used to construct the fort was so spongy that the artillery and cannon balls bounced off the walls and did no damage. Kind of crazy...must have been cool to watch. All the bricks surrounding the fort are the original ones, and that big, black cement structure on the inside was part of a reconstruction effort to update the forts in the late 1800's, I think. They even have different flags of the Confederate states and the Northern states during the civil war.


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