Fort Sumter

Local nameFort Sumter
LocationSouth Carolina, United States

Fort Sumter is a sea fort in Charleston, South Carolina, notable for two battles, the first of which signified the start of the American Civil War. It was one of a number of special forts planned after the War of 1812, combining high walls and heavy masonry, and classified as Third System, as a grade of structural integrity. Work started in 1829, but was incomplete by 1860, when South Carolina seceded from the Union.

The First Battle of Fort Sumter began on April 12, 1861, when Confederate artillery fired on the Union garrison. These were the first shots of the war and continued all day, watched by many civilians in a celebratory spirit. The fort had been cut off from its supply line and surrendered the next day.

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The Fort Sumter is only accessible by a concession-operated ferry or by private boat. Learn more at the official website.


Fort Sumter Tours:
Adults: $22
Seniors/Military: $20
Children: $14
Children under 3: Free

More information and contact


Official website


Phone +1 843 883 3123

Address (Unnamed Road), 29482, United States

Coordinates 32°45'8.042" N -79°52'29.643" E

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