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Seaside and Fort Sumter

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Don't even think I can come to the Atlantic coast and stay this close to the ocean without at least dipping my toe in the water!


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So one day while we were staying in Charleston we drove to the beach at Isle of Palms.

 


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We strolled the seashore, picked up some shells, and I got to take a few photographs of beautiful sea birds.

It was nice, but I have to say I prefer our North Carolina beaches. Too many houses and too many people for my liking.



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This must be the latest beach craze...kinda like a miniature surfboard on a single wide wheel. Several kids were really moving on these things! Never seen these new beach toys before.

 

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Who wouldn't love to have their address be "Hungryneck Blvd"?  It perfectly described us that day (okay...let's be honest, MOST of nearly every day!) so we turned that direction...

 


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...and found the perfect lunch spot.

Hard to beat ice cream for lunch!

 

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Just a short walk from our Bed & Breakfast was Liberty Square, a nice park and where the tours to Ft. Sumter launch.

A tourist visit to Charleston would not be complete without seeing the site where the War Between the States began, so we had to do the Ft. Sumter cruise tour.


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Waiting for our Fort Sumter cruise boat...

 

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The only way to get to Fort Sumter is by boat...about a half hour ride across the Charleston Harbor.

 


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Fort Sumter in the distance...

 


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This is Fort Moultrie, another historic defense structure we passed on the way to Fort Sumter. Edgar Allan Poe was stationed here back in the 1860s and did some writing here. It's now a historical monument.


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Approaching Fort Sumter...

 

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Flying pelicans always make any ocean photograph better....

 


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For those of you who, like me, need a refresher US history course, here's how Fort Sumter played into our Civil War history.

Fort Sumter was not quite completed when, in December 1860, Major Robert Anderson secretly relocated his troops from Fort Moultrie (the one we passed in the harbor) to Fort Sumter. There had been growing unrest and talk of secession from the Union in the southern states for awhile. On April 12, 1861, the very first shot of the Civil War was fired on the fort by Confederate troops, a cannon shot from the Battery Park at the tip of Charleston's peninsula across the harbor. (I shared some photos from Battery Park in an earlier post...if you want to see them, click here  and scroll about halfway through the post.)  Following 34 hours of fighting, Major Anderson surrendered his Union forces to the Confederates.  

 

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Today Fort Sumter is a National Monument. Not really much to see, unless you are fascinated by antique artillery.

 

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But I do love to imagine how those soldiers would have felt on that fateful April 1861 day. They could never imagine that the surprise attack would lead to such a terrible Civil War for the next four years.

 


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View from the fort to surrounding marshes on the island...

 


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Some lovely Charleston skyline shots on the way back....

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Ready to dock...

 

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...and then walk downtown for a scrumptious seafood meal at Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar.

Capping off a wonderful day...

...seaside and visiting Fort Sumter.

 

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