Challenge 2020 – 5
My Challenge 4 image shows gun mounts at Fort Pulaski, That fort, from before the American Civil War, sits on Cockspur Island in the mouth of the Savannah river by Tybee Island. It was constructed beginning in 1829 as part of the coastal defenses of the then young United States.
The fort and its guns were considered an impenetrable defense for the port of Savannah. Some of the walls were as much as 11 feet thick and made of brick. It is a little amusing to see the moat, drawbridge, and gate like a medieval castle.
The Confederacy had taken over the fort and in 1862 Union forces laid siege to the fort. Using the newest war weapons, rifled guns, they reduced one corner to rumble in a 30-hour bombardment. The fort surrendered. An that represented the end of brick fortifications.
The heavily damaged corner was repaired in short order by the Union forces, but much of the damage to other parts of the wall remains to these days.
A few more views to give you an idea of the fort as it is nowadays.
.:. © 2020 Ludwig Keck