As a fan of history and a person who enjoys traveling to Civil War sites across the country, I've ended up with rolls and rolls of pictures of interesting landscapes and battlefields. I'll be posting a number of them as time permits. A few of my favorite sites would have to be Shiloh, Andersonville, Fort Pulaski, and Fort Negley. I hope to finish up my studies on these areas and move on to the Battle of Murfreesboro soon.
As part of preserving history, I also collect Civil War relics. I will be posting pictures of a few of my relics soon also.
I'll start with Fort Negley since it is one of the more interesting Civil War era forts and almost unknown. Originally built in 1862 after the fall of Nashville to Federal forces, Fort Negley was constructed on St. Cloud Hill to defend Nashville against Confederate soldiers. Local area blacks and black Federal soldiers were used in the construction of the fort which was completed in 3 months. A huge task considering the size and strength of the fort. It is currently closed to the public because of deterioration over time. It was rebuilt and opened as a tourist attraction in the 1930s but has since been closed.
Fort Pulaski is a battle site that changed the way wars would be fought forever. Originally completed in 1847, it was the first military assignment of Robert E Lee as an engineer from West Point. At the onset of the War, local Confederate forces took control of Fort Pulaski and prepared the fort for battle. Federal forces built batteries on the island opposite the fort under the cover of night. On April 10th, 1862, the Federal batteries opened fire on Fort Pulaski with a new weapon called the rifled cannon. The brick wall of the fort facing the Federal side was reduced in a matter hours and fell into the moat. The shells then started to pierce the wall of the fort on the north side which threatened to penetrate a powder magazine. If a live round penetrated the powder magazine, the entire fort would explode from the force of the explosion. CS Col. Charles Olmstead was forced to surrender the fort to US Capt. Quincy A Gillmore on April 11th, 1862.
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