All park sites will be closed on Thanksgiving Day (November 28), Christmas Day (December 25), and New Year's Day (January 1). This includes Fort Sumter, the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center, and Fort Moultrie.
Where the American Civil War Began
Decades of growing strife between North and South erupted in civil war on April 12, 1861, when Confederate artillery opened fire on this Federal fort in Charleston Harbor. Fort Sumter surrendered 34 hours later. Union forces would try for nearly four years to take it back.
Visit Fort Sumter
Learn more about visiting Fort Sumter by ferry or with your own boat.Read More
Visit Fort Moultrie
Experience 171 years of American seacoast defense. Take a tour of Fort Moultrie's history from the American Revolution through World War II.Read More
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Visit Charles Pinckney NHS
Visit nearby Charles Pinckney National Historic Site.Read More
Did You Know?
Union Maj. Robert Anderson, commanding Fort Sumter, and Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard, commanding Charleston's forces during the first battle of the Civil War, knew each other since the 1830s. Anderson was Beauregard's artillery instructor at West Point. Fort Sumter National Monument, SC