Civil War Coastal Defense Tour


Walking Level: Light to Moderate

Tour Description: After the firing on Fort Sumter in April 1861, Charleston was the prize so desperately desired by the Federal government, yet the city held out until Confederate troops were evacuated in February 1865 to join Johnston’s army in North Carolina. This light to moderate walking tour will focus on the coastal defenses in and around Charleston. The tour will begin with a brief overview lecture on the defenses of the region established by Robert E. Lee, John Pemberton, and P. G. T. Beauregard, and the Siege of Charleston. Tour stops include Fort Moultrie on Sullivan’s Island, multiple batteries at Fort Johnson on James Island (and lunch), and Battery Pringle on the Stono River. The day will conclude with a visit to see the ongoing preservation of the Hunley submarine and associated exhibits (newly updated!).

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