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South Carolina

Fort Sumter National Monument
1214 Middle Street
Sullivan's Island, SC 29482, USA
Website:
www.nps.gov/fosu/learn/historyculture/fort_moultrie.htm

Fort Moultrie's history covers more that 220 years of seacoast defense, from the first decisive victory in the American Revolution, to protecting the coast from U-boats in World War II. Maj. Robert Anderson and eighty-five Federal soldiers occupied the fort, built in 1809, before they moved to Fort Sumter in December of 1860. During the first battle of the Civil War (April 12-13, 1861), Confederates at Fort Moultrie fired on Union troops in Fort Sumter. Confederate forces successfully used both forts to protect Charleston from a combined Union navy and army siege from 1863 to 1865. (Fort Moultrie is administered by the Fort Sumter National Monument).