Letter to reporter concerning Ft. Pulaski News
From: Gary Ursrey
Sent: Wednesday, January 05, 2011 08:22 AM
To: Shane, Brittany L.
Subject: Ft. Pulaski and WSAV
I watched your interview and the footage from Ft. Pulaski on WSAV. I was hoping
for a honest and educational piece on an important event in Georgia history.
Sadly, I was disappointed with the inaccuracies in your video article.
First, Ft. Pulaski was taken over by the Georgia Militia and not 'drunk guys
from the local tavern'. The Georgia Militia Troops that took control of Ft.
Pulaski on that fateful day were well trained, armed citizen soldiers. They were
under the direct orders of Georgia Governor Brown.
Secondly, Ft. Pulaski was held by those same Georgia Militia troops for more
than 15 months before being forced to surrender by superior Union rifled weapons
vs. the forts smooth bore weapons (cannons; different kinds and sizes). That is
considerably more time than the three months that was reported. I understand
that you did not make the above statements. However, you are the reporter; a
professional in this situation and I expected your work to show such
I hope you take this as constructive criticism, but a simple call to any number
of local historians or perhaps contactjng the Sons of Confederate Veterans (www.scv.org),
national, divisional (www.georgiascv.org), or locally. Savannah has several
local chapters, known as camps, in the your area. Any of the membership could
have given you the correct information or directed you to someone who could, and
saved everyone from embarrassment.
Also, Ft. Pulaski was the prison for 600 Confederate officers that were used as
human shields by the Union during the War Between the States. Several of those
men are buried outside of Ft. Pulaski and the National Park Service will not
allow a marker or headstone to mark the site of these mens' final resting place.
In fact, automobiles can park on top of these men's graves; where did you park
your WSAV van??
I ask you to make the corrections and inform the public of the true history. Too
many times the truth is left out, and the public remains ignorant and/or
misinformed. It is the mark of a true and exceptional reporter that will correct
any misinformation and keep the general public informed of the truth, at any
In response to a letter from Lt.
Commander, South - Gary Ursrey the video was pulled from their website:
Subject: Re: Ft. Pulaski and WSAV
To: Gary Ursrey
Date: Wednesday, January 5, 2011, 10:47 AM
Thank you very much for your email, I want to apologize for my
irresponsibility. I realize that even though I asked that gentleman what he had
learned, that in fact he had things mixed up. I have since removed the video,
and changed the web article to exclude his comments. I apologize and assure you
that it will not happen again, and it is not an issue I take lightly.