Day 12-14 Savannah, Georgia   2 comments

We began our tour of Savannah with a 90 minute historic trolley tour. We saw 250 years right before our eyes. Homes and churches beautifully restored. It almost felt like New Orleans. City Hall, bottom left, has a dome made with Georgia gold. Unfortunately, my camera could not capture the beauty.

The “pink” house was pretty unique. It looks to me like it may have been two homes at one time joined together.

Check out the “fish” drains on this building

Located at Chippewa Square was the place where Forest Gump sat on a park bench eating his chocolate covered cherries. The bench was moved to the visitor’s center to avoid vandalism.

Ft. Pulaski was constructed in 1829 at a cost of $1 million (25 million bricks and 18 years of toil to finish). It was ranked as one of the most spectaculart harbor defense structures in the United States.

On January 3, 1861, two weeks after South Carolina seceded from the Union and one week after Federal troops occupied Ft. Sumter in Charleston Harbor, Georgia Gov. Brown ordered state militia to seize Ft. Pulaski.

Engineer Capt. Quincy Gillmore believed that an overwhelming bombardment would force the confederates to give up the fort. He erected 11 artillery batteries containing 36 guns and mortars along the northwest shore of Tybee island. On April 10, the Confederates refused Gillmore’s formal demand to surrender, the Federals opened fire. The Confederates were not alarmed, as the Union guns were a mile away, more than twice the effective range for heavy ordnance of that day. But what the Confederates didn’t know was that the Federal armament included 10 new experimental rifled cannons, whose projectiles began to bore through Pulaski’s walls with shattering effect, penetrating 20 to 25 inches. It took only 30 hours after the bombardment for the Confederates to surrender. Some of the 5,275 shots fired can still be seen in the wall today, as pictured above in the bottom right photo.

Visiting Old Fort Jackson we saw a cannon blast demonstration. When I say blast, I mean blast. I think it was the loudest on this trip so far. The percussion alone could kill you.


2 responses to “Day 12-14 Savannah, Georgia

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  1. Some of those homes are glorious, so cool to look at!

  2. Greetings from California! I’m bored at work so I decided to check out your blog on my iphone during lunch break. I love the information you present here and can’t wait to take a
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