Fort Moultrie, Charleston

How about that for a twist, I go out in search of a beach with some sunshine and I find an old Civil War outpost!

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I’ve never been too much of a history buff, but I do enjoy learning a bit more about the places I visit, so I decided to stop and check it out.

Fort Moultrie had actually been active in a number of wars throughout Charleston’s history until modern warfare technology rendered it obsolete.

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Built in the 1770s, the site saw action against the British army before it was even completed. Later in 1860 it served as a Federal outpost against the Confederate Army at the start of the Civil War. During that time its defenses held out during a 20-month bombardment, though by the end its walls were barely in tact.

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This mechanism was used to move shells from the underground armory to the waiting cannons above.

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The fort was upgraded and modernized multiple times throughout the second half of the 1800s. After serving Charleston one last time during World War II as a harbor entrance control post, Fort Moultrie was later restored again, this time as a historical site and part of the National Park Service.

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And to top it all off, I did manage to find a nice beach afterwards!

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