Monday, January 2, 2012

This week in history: Pulaski taken

On January 3, 1861, Georgia's state militia forcibly evicted the U.S. Army from Fort Pulaski, preceding the start of the Civil War by three months. Fifty men from the Savannah Volunteer Guards, 50 men from the Oglethorpe Light Infantry and 34 from the Chatham Artillery occupied the fort on the Savannah River.

Fort Pulaski National Monument is currently portraying the fort as it was from 1861 to 1865. "As a part of our commemoration, we are using reproduction flags as a visually effective way of depicting historic events." Tuesday (Jan. 3, 2012) to simulate the historic events, the Georgia flag of secession will fly above the fort.

Photo courtesy of NPS

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