Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Fort Multrie on Sullivan's Island

Cannons and the Fort


By the entrance to the Fort Multrie Museum


Looking up to the sky


Palmetto tree, the (ugly) lighthouse and the Fort


Fort Sumter is so close, you can almost throw a stone across



Fort Moultrie is the name of a series of forts on Sullivan's Island, South Carolina, built to protect the city of Charleston, South Carolina. The first fort, built of palmetto logs, inspired the flag and nickname (Palmetto State) of South Carolina.



History
The fort was unnamed and not yet complete when Admiral Sir Peter Parker and nine British warships attacked it on June 28, 1776, near the beginning of the American Revolutionary War.The soft palmetto logs did not crack under bombardment but rather absorbed the shot; there were even reports of cannon balls actually bouncing off of the walls of the structure. In any case, Charleston was saved from capture, and the fort was named for the commander in the battle, William Moultrie, and the locals, to this day celebrate 'Carolina Day' to commemorate the bravery of the defenders of the fort, the 2nd South Carolina Regiment. The fort was eventually captured by the British in the siege of Charleston. (See the southern theater in the article titled American Revolution for more information).





16 comments:

italosuris said...

Susanne ci rivediamo a quanto pare. Tutte le tue foto come al solito sono splendide e abbiamo tutti da imparare, in ogni modo ricordati che la Svizzera รจ una nazione pacifica.

ciao

italosuris

Susanne49 said...

Ciao italosuris,

et mille grazie per le tue congratulazione dal'mio blog. Grazie per visitare! :-)

Rick said...

Hello Sue! Love the pics. I live near the city of Moultrie here in my county. Its named after a general from the revolutionary war though. Its refreshiong to catch up on your blog and everyones on my link list. Hope you and the southern Gent are doing well...
R.

Susanne49 said...

Yes, Rick... the commanders name was William Multrie.

Thanks for your comment and thanks also for asking, we are fine, yes! That's kind of you. :-)

Titania Starlight said...

Hello Susanne,
That was quite funny what you said about the lighthouse. You are so right! It is such a lovely place excpet that dreadful light house. Ha ha ha ha ha . :o)

Susanne49 said...

I cannot understand why people put up such an ugly lighthouse!:-)

Thanks for your kind comment, Tawnyia!

Anna said...

Hey Susanne you should have side profession as a tour guide, you seem to explore everything, lol. Great shots as always. Hey thanks for visit to my blog, seems like you always beat me from now on, lol. Anna :)

Susanne49 said...

Don't forget Anna, I'm early retired person and a lot of time and an immense feeling for traveling...LOL... :-)

Thanks for your comment!

evlahos said...

wonderful shots and educational post too.

Adam Dilip Mutum said...

That's some interesting history.

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

That's pretty neat. I have never seen so many cannons like that in my life so that was really interesting to learn and to see. A tour without actually leaving my country even though I am sure the trip out there would be worth it!
Thanks for the tour and lesson!

Susanne49 said...

Hi evlahos,

thank you for your kind comment, my friend!

Susanne49 said...

Thanks Adam,

for visiting my blog and for the comment. Nice to see you around again. :-)

Susanne49 said...

Hi Michele,
thanks for your comment. It really seems that I'm advanced now to a tourist guide...coming from Key West to Charleston...what a change in the environment.:-)

Carole said...

Fabulous images Sue and great narative too. The canon looking up to the sky is like the one we have at our coastline of South Shields.

Susanne49 said...

Hi Carol,

thanks for your comment. I think,military forts and museum are looking on the whole world the same.

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