A Devastating Bombardment

A Devastating Bombardment (HM2H12)

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N 32° 1.586', W 80° 53.403'

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Fort Pulaski National Monument

April 10, 1862: The Confederates refused a formal demand to surrender because enemy guns were a mile away—more than twice the effective range of heavy artillery of the day. When Union troops opened fire, their new rifled cannons fired spinning projectiles that bored through the masonry walls with alarming effect. By noon on the second day, the southeast angle gapped open and continued bombardment threatened the main powder magazine. Realizing the hopelessness of the situation, the Confederate commander surrendered.
(photo captions) · For two months, Union troops built 11 artillery batteries along the shore of Tybee Island.
· Rifled cannons on Tybee Island caused massive damage to the fort.
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HM NumberHM2H12
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Placed ByNational Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 at 11:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 510382 N 3543370
Decimal Degrees32.02643333, -80.89005000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 1.586', W 80° 53.403'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 1' 35.16" N, 80° 53' 24.18" W
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