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!
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.
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.
This mechanism was used to move shells from the underground armory to the waiting cannons above.
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.
And to top it all off, I did manage to find a nice beach afterwards!