Savannah Protection - Fort Pulaski National Monument, Georgia

Fort Pulaski National Monument, Cockspur Island, Georgia

I have discovered a penchant of mine several years ago for old forts. I never went out of my way to visit these relics of past wars, but would visit them as part of being a tourist. It wasn't until I visited Key West a few years ago that they became a favorite photographic subject.  At that time, in my quest to visit all of the US National parks, we took a boat ride to Dry Tortugas National Park. There, I photographed Fort Jefferson and was mesmerized by the brickwork and cascading walkways that seemed to go on forever. So, now when I visit a new area, I check out to see if there are any old forts in the area.

When I visited Savannah, we made a side trip to Cockspur Island to check out Fort Pulaski National Monument. Fork Pulaski was built in 1847 along the Savannah River to protect the port city of Savannah. It had a minor historical role in the Civil War, first being occupied by the Confederate Army, and later used by the Union Army to shut down the port of Savannah and also as a POW camp.

Upon gaining entrance to the fort, I headed to the lower section to find the cascading walkway that I loved. Sure enough, the walkway had the requisite brickwork that I loved to shoot. A bonus was a cannon at the far end of the walkway. If you look closely on the floor, you can see the tracks where the soldiers could move the cannons into position to fire.