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Fort Sumter National Monument

Fort Sumter National Monument, 1214 Middle Street, Sullivan's Island, SC 29482, USA

Fort Sumter is a coastal fortification that was begun in 1829, but was still not completed by the time the Civil War. Confederate and South Carolina troops, under the direction of Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard, bombarded the Union garrison commanded by Maj. Robert Anderson beginning April 12, 1861, signaling the start of the American Civil War. Fort Sumter was occupied by a Confederate garrison for most of the war. During the siege of Charleston, 1863-65, Fort Sumter was reduced to one-third of its original size. After the war, Fort Sumter was repaired but never rebuilt to its original height.


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Take I-26 E to Charleston and take exit 221B on the left for Meeting Street. Turn right onto Meeting Street. Make a left onto to Calhoun Street and proceed across East Bay Street and Washington Street. The Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center is straight ahead. Parking is on the left in the garage. From the Education Center, you can only reach Fort Sumter by ferry or private boat.

Visitor Services

Museum, museum shop, rest rooms, information, handicapped access, ranger talks. Accessible by private boat or by ferry; schedules vary with season, please call ahead.

Available Interpretation

wayside exhibits

Plan Your Visit

Admission Fee

Free, check website for ferry rates


Visitor Education Center: Daily 8:30AM - 5:00PM. The fort is generally open from about 10:00AM - 4:00PM; check website for ferry schedule



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