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Fort Sumter National Monument
Fort Sumter National Monument

Fort Sumter National Monument

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Sights and Museums, Tours, Classes and Rentals, Outdoors, History Museum, Historic Site, Cemetery, Monument, Landmark, Guided Tour, Park
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1214 Middle St, Charleston, SC 29482
(843) 883-3123
https://www.nps.gov/fosu/index.htm
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National Historic Sight and Military Cemetary. Famous as the sight of Andersonville pow camp in the civil war. large cemetary of the identifiable dead frpm the camp. earthworks, ... Read more
battlements still standing. partial recreation set up. recreationists hold battles there on certain days. POW museum adjacent civil war village.

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A must on the tourist list. The fort from which the first shot of the civil war was fired.

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Great way to see the harbor and learn about where the first shots were fired during the civil war!

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Denver

If you've got a nice day outside, the trip to Ft. Sumter is a great choice. The trip out to Sullivan's Island is very informative and interesting, and young and old will enjoy looking at the fort. Also, I enjoyed looking at the city of Charleston from this vantage point.

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Clemson

Any Civil War buffs can't miss it, but anyone can appreciate its view of the harbor

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Charleston

Ft. Sumter is where the War of Northern Aggression began. Major Rbt. Anderson of the Union Army moved there AFTER South Carolina seceded from the Union. That Union move was the alarm bell that alerted the other Southern States that the Union was not going to let South Carolina go that easily. Other States started to join South Carolina by seceding from the Union as well. The North was preparing for war. Lincoln asked Rbt. E. Lee to be the general of the Union Army. Six days after seceding from the Union, the night after Christmas, under the cover of darkness, the Union moved to this empty fort. No one had ever been stationed there. America had no threat of foreign powers, only growing tensions within. When Lincoln sent 4 war ships to resupply the fort in April, the ultimatum was given by the South to leave the fort or be fired upon. Go to see the view of the city and the ocean, enjoy the boat ride as Charlestonians do, and to hear the rest of the story as you've never heard it before.

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Schenectady

Fort Sumter National Monument is part of the National Park Service’s part unit. The disability access for the boat is located in downtown Charleston. Once on the island there are lifts to get to different parts of the fort.

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Sydney
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Though it has been years since I've gone, the trip out to Fort Sumter (where the American Civil War was nominally begun) is a must-do for anyone with even a passing interest in American history. The ferry ride out through Charleston harbor is pleasant enough, and (like San Francisco's Alcatraz) the experience of walking through a slice of history this well preserved is pretty cool as well.

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Los Angeles

For someone who's never taken an American History class and has relatively little interest in the subject, I found Fort Sumter to be a really cool little trip that was both informative and manageable for non-history buffs. The trip out to the island is about 30 minutes long - in the winter, it can be quite cold; luckily there is a heated indoor area where you can sit by the window with a cup of coffee to warm up. Once on the island, you have about an hour to listen to the park ranger's brief talk and explore the remains of the fort yourself. There isn't too much to see on a surface level - some cannons are still around, as well as most of the original fort walls - but there is also a museum with a lot of interesting artifacts. My favorite part though (and most surprising for me) was the ranger's talk. It last for roughly 20 minutes, and covered the history of the fort as well as the actions leading up to the Civil War's first shot and the eventual surrender. But she included a lot of unique tid bits that kept a Civil War amateur listening, and I appreciated the fact that it didn't drag on too long. In other words: if you come here with kids, they'll enjoy it as well.

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Carlisle

National Historic Sight and Military Cemetary. Famous as the sight of Andersonville pow camp in the civil war. large cemetary of the identifiable dead frpm the camp. earthworks, battlements still standing. partial recreation set up. recreationists hold battles there on certain days. POW museum adjacent civil war village.

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Carmel

Fascinating history from Civil War and boat trip in the harbor.

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Mount Pleasant

Fabulous History Lessons Await!

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Fayetteville

Tour Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired.

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The only tour to consider to Ft Sumter

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Mount Pleasant

Super fun for kids and adults

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Pittsfield

Start of the Civil War-worth seeing

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The ferry ride and walking tour of the monument were quite interesting.

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Would love to go again

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Charleston
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Burns
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