Fort Pulaski, GA
April 10-11, 1862
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Fort Pulaski National Monument (national monument), Georgia, United States
Operations Against Fort Pulaski 
Maj. Gen. David Hunter and Capt. Quincy A. Gillmore
Col. Charles H. Olmstead
The Port Royal Expeditionary Force’s Fort Pulaski investment
Fort Pulaski Garrison
Fort Pulaski, built by the U.S. Army before the war, is
located near the mouth of the Savannah River, blocking upriver access to
Fortifications such as Pulaski, called third system forts, were
considered invincible, but the new technology of rifled artillery changed
On February 19, 1862, Brig. Gen. Thomas W. Sherman ordered
Quincy A. Gillmore, an engineer officer, to take charge of the investment
force and begin the bombardment and capture of the fort.
artillery on the mainland southeast of the fort and began the bombardment
on April 10 after Colonel
Charles H. Olmstead refused to surrender the
Within hours, Gillmore’s rifled artillery had breached the southeast scarp of
the fort, and he continued to exploit it.
Some of his shells began to damage the traverse shielding the magazine in the
Realizing that if the magazine exploded the fort would be seriously damaged and
the garrison would suffer severe casualties, Olmstead surrendered after 2:00 pm
on April 11.
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