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Arriving at Fort Sumter...
Looking west from atop Battery Huger over The Gorge and the ruins of the officers quarters.  James Island sets in the distance...
Southwest Magazine - 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...
Fort Sumter as it looked before the war...a much more imposing structure than what is found today...
Battery Huger Museum - Inside Battery Huger is a nice museum which traces the wartime history of the fort and houses a number of period artifacts and pictures...
Left Flank (interior) - Most of the cannon have been removed from the Left Flank, where the current entrance to the fort is located.  Men in period dress provide and eerie sense place to the battered halls.....
Charleston, South Carolina waterfront...
Located along Charleston Harbor in a small park known as Liberty Square, the visitor center is a necessary stop prior to any visit of the fort...
Heading back from the fort I had a better opportunity to get a few shots of the Charleston waterfront.  Here, the elegant Antebellum mansions of The Battery, line the waters edge...
Looking at the battered Left Face from atop Battery Huger...
Looking northeast from Battery Huger over the Left Flank towards Sullivan's Island.  The Cooper River Bridge can be seen in the distance...
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...
Left Face - The interior of the Left Face wall suffered much greater damage than the outside.  Mortar rounds launched from Federal positions on Morris Island arced over the ruins of The Gorge to impact here, causing damage that is striking even today...
Left Face - 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...
Arriving at Fort Sumter...

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Arriving at Fort Sumter...
Arriving at Fort Sumter...

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

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