Forts are a lasting tribute to the prominence of the US military, and Fort Pulaski stands among these magnificent fortresses. Overlooking the mouth of the Savannah River and the Atlantic Ocean, Fort Pulaski is named in honor of Gen. Casimir Pulaski, Revolutionary War hero and father of the US Cavalry, which endured some of the most damaging artillery combat in early American warfare. In addition to its unfortunate notoriety for serving as the first fort where a rifled cannon was successfully tested in combat against masonry forts, it played a part in other significant events, including a baseball game during the Civil War where one of the first photographs of the sport was taken with the newly invented camera. Ultimately, the fort was considered important enough to be preserved and designated a national monument.
About the Author
John Walker Guss is the site manager of Bennett Place State Historic Site in Durham, North Carolina, which is the location of the largest surrender negotiations of the Civil War. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia, a member of the Directors Guild of America, and the author of three previous Arcadia Publishing books: Pierce County, Georgia; Fortresses of Savannah; and Savannah's Laurel Grove Cemetery.
Table of Contents
1 The Need for a Strong Defense 9
2 New Forts to Defend America 19
3 War Divides the Nation 31
4 They Cannot Breach Your Walls 43
5 The Test of Strength 49
6 Under the Stars & Stripes Once Again 73
7 Imprisonment of the Immortal 600 89
8 Preservation of a National Treasure 99