Southwest Bastion

Southwest Bastion (HM1A6P)

Location: Tybee Island, GA 31328 Chatham County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 1.592', W 80° 53.437'

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Fort Pulaski

The Southwest Bastion held a special type of cannon to protect the fort's entrance. These cannon, known as 24-pounder flank defense howitzers, were aimed at the drawbridge. Today, this area provides a cutaway view of the fort's upper foundations.

In 1895 a fire destroyed the wooden floors in front of you. At the time the fort was abandoned, so there was no need to replace the floors. Originally the open space below allowed for ventilation and air flow in an effort to keep out dampness and remove smoke from recently fired cannon. Brick piers extend up from a wooden grillage, today hidden by several layers of sediment. Below the grillage, wooden pilings extend up to 70 feet into the marshy terrain of Cockspur Island. The pilings, completely encased by mud, are not exposed to air and still remain in place today.
HM NumberHM1A6P
Placed ByNational Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 8th, 2014 at 1:16pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 510328 N 3543381
Decimal Degrees32.02653333, -80.89061667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 1.592', W 80° 53.437'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 1' 35.52" N, 80° 53' 26.22" W
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Area Code(s)912
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 30757 US-80, Tybee Island GA 31328, US
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