Sesquicentennial Events at Fort Pulaski

Tis the season for sesquicentennial events!  I mentioned and linked to the Shiloh 150th plans yesterday.  Let me turn to another of my favorite battlefields… further south … along the coast to Fort Pulaski.  Fort Pulaski National Monument hosts several days of sesquicentennial events from April 11 to 15.

Boat tours on April 10 and 11 (Tuesday and Wednesday):  Fort Pulaski Naval Campaign.  The tour starts at Captain Derek’s Dock on Tybee Island, taking visitors to Lazaretto Creek, eastern Cockspur Island, and the North Wharf at Fort Pulaski. Admission: $5.  Limited seating. Advance reservation required.

On those same days, the park hosts free lectures in the casemates. April 10 at 7:00 PM, Ken Johnston from the National Civil War Naval Museum discusses Stories of the Unexpected; the Civil War Naval Experience of Savannah & the Georgia Coast.  On April 11 at 7:00 PM, Talley Kirkland from Fort McAllister Historic State Park presents Life in Civil War Savannah.

At 7:45 PM on Thursday, April 12, the park hosts the premiere of the documentary Savannah in the Civil War from Cosmos Mariner Productions.  The film is 90 minutes long.  Admission is $5, with advance reservations required due to limited seating.  The movie is also for sale at the park’s gift shop.

On Friday, April 13, at 1:30 PM the park observes the anniversary of General David Hunter’s General Order No. 7.

For the weekend of April 14-15, living history events abound with three separate display areas:  Confederate Camp inside Fort Pulaski, Union Camp Tybee outside the fort, and weapons demonstrations at Battery Park (which I believe is off the east face of the fort).   Highlight of the displays, in my humble artillery-minded view, is the firing of large siege guns!

If anyone out there attends the events, please drop me a note.  As much as I’d like, I won’t be able to break away from work and make the full day drive down.  But I’d love to hear about the events from those who attend.

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One other interesting display at Fort Pulaski, which will continue through the Civil War sesquicentennial years – the flags flying over the fort.  As I mentioned a while back, from March 2011 until April 2012 the fort flies the Confederate national flag six days out of the week.

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On Sundays the fort then flies the 34-star United States flag, as it appeared during the Civil War.  After the 150th anniversary of the battle (April 10-11), the park will fly the 34-star American flag six days a week with the Confederate “stars and bars” on Sunday.

I applaud the park for using the two authentic flags in a way that aids interpretation.  Certainly more appropriate, in my opinion, and more constructive than what some have pushed for at other venues.

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