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Passing Castle Pinckney with the spires of Charleston beyond...
Pulling out into the harbor the beautiful Cooper River Bridge (officially, the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge) spans the waterway to the north.  The first time I visited Sumter, back in 2004, the bridge was still under construction with the towers only partially constructed...
Fort as seen today.
Welcome to Fort Sumter National Monument...
Fort Sumter still houses quite an assortment of cannon, with most gun ports of the Left Flank and Left Face sporting an aged muzzle...
Present day excavated interior damage
The damage to the Left Face really brings home the terrible destruction that was inflicted on Fort Sumter during the war.  How anyone survived within these walls is beyond me...
The Stainless Banner was surprisingly the only flag flying this day...
Cannon facing former location of Morris Island
Present remains of Gorge Wall
Across the channel in this shot is James Island.  Fort Johnson, the fortification from which the first shot of the war was fired, sat across to the right beyond the first broken line of trees.  Fort Johnson was an earthen fort and thus not meant to hold up for many years.  Unfortunately, nothing remains of the fort today...
Looking northeast from Battery Huger over the Left Flank towards Sullivan's Island.  The Cooper River Bridge can be seen in the distance...
Looking at the battered Left Face from atop Battery Huger...
Interior of fort facing Morris Island where bulk of Union bombardment was focused from.
Adjacent to the Officers Quarters was the gunpowder magazine (a questionable choice of locations, I thought).  On the morning of December 11, 1863 the 150 pounds of powder being stored there suddenly exploded doing considerable damage, killing 11 men, and injuring 41 others. No attempt was ever made to rebuild it as the fort was, at the time, in the midst of a punishing Union bombardment...
Passing Castle Pinckney with the spires of Charleston beyond...

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Photo by: Dan Weemhoff (dwhike) · See photo in original gallery.

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