The demise of traditional fortifications
Website: Fort Pulaski National Monument
Location: US-80, Savannah, GA 31410
5,275 Rounds were fired in 30 Hours
On April 10, 1862 advancements in artillery made this 7.5 foot brick walled fort penetrable. The 30 pound Parrott Rifle was one of the guns that made this possible. After only 30 hours of engagement, Confederate are forced to surrender after their large powder magazine was exposed to direct fire.
Ironically, the young 2nd Lt. Robert E. Lee was one of it’s engineers when it was built in 1829. The fort is named for Count Casmir Pulaski, the Polish hero who lost his life in the Revolutionary War siege of Savannah, Georgia.