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Fort Pulaski and Rifled Cannon
In 1847, completion of Fort Pulaski was led by Robert E. Lee to protect Savannah, Georgia.
When Georgia seceded in January of 1861, Governor Joe Brown ordered the state militia to capture and occupy the fort. The South held Fort Pulaski until April of 1862 when Union forces on nearby Tybee Island used the first rifled cannon in history to breach the walls. Within only 30 hours, the introduction of rifled cannon demonstrated the end of masonry forts.
Fort Pulaski was surrendered to the Yankee forces and was turned into a prison for Confederate soldiers including "The Immortal Six Hundred," a group of Southern officers united in their concern for their fellow prisoners.
Today, the fort has been preserved and is open to the public as one of Georgia's greatest Confederate landmarks.
This moment in history was brought to you by the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Visit us online at www.georgiascv.org or call us toll free at 1-866-SCV-INGA (1-866-728-4642). We can even help you find your Confederate ancestor.