Thursday, September 22, 2011
Above: The Charleston SC harbor.
My niece was married last weekend in Florida, so I decided to drive and make a vacation out of the trip. I lived in Raleigh NC for 21 years, so visited there first, then drove to Charleston SC.
There, I took a GrayLine bus tour and it was okay, but what I really wanted to see was Fort Sumter. Even if you hated history in school, you probably know that when Confederate artillery opened fire on this installation in 1861, the American Civil War had begun.
Fort Sumter's located in the Charleston harbor on a man-made island. (Seventy thousand tons of granite were shipped from New England to build it.) It was originally constructed to help guard the Atlantic coast after the War of 1812 with Great Britain. The structure is five-sided and made of brick.
I traveled from Charleston to Saint Augustine FL, founded by the Spanish in 1565. There are forts there, too, and I'll blog about that later this week.
Above: Fort Sumter seen from the ferry.
Above: The place is a fort and forts have cannons.
Above: This shot shows the left-half (looking towards Charleston) part of the fort. The bricks you see on the left are what's left of where the enlisted men were quartered.
Above: I hear they give discounts to seniors such as the old guy in this shot.
Images by MOJO and taken with my Canon.