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Sunday, December 6, 2009

The Prison Tour

I stayed up later than usual last night, so this morning I walked the dog at 8 a.m. and then went back to bed, finally getting up at 10:00! The guided tour of the Fort prison was given at 12:30 and I was there for it - the wind blows through the Fort something fierce and it's not warm to begin with. The winter of the terrible cruelty to 600 imprisoned officers was the coldest on record, so you can get some idea of what those poor men suffered with 7" of snow on the ground. They had no shoes, coats, blankets, wore ragged clothes, and were slowly starved. Their firewood was taken away from them so they had to dismantle the wooden bunks to burn. When General Sherman, who I have never particularly admired, heard of this treatment, to his credit he relieved the commanding officer of his duties at the Fort, and ordered medicine, food, and clothing for the remaining prisoners, although it was too late for most. Oh, and the 600 officers were hand picked for transfer to Fort Pulaski prison - almost all were amputees, and all were suffering from severe illnesses to begin with. I won't even try to write the information learned from the tour guide, but it is a total mystery to me how humans can behave this way to their fellows.

I stopped in the Sutler store to warm up since Thomas had a wood fire burning in the fireplace. The store was started by a man named Sutler, who had stores at many forts in the 1800's. They carried items that the soldiers weren't supplied by the military - sort of like our modern day PX.

I am typing this from the parking lot of the Tybee Island public library - I couldn't get a decent wifi signal but ended up with an excellent air card signal. I hope I can eventually get online back at home and actually post this entry together with some pictures I have taken.

The Sutler Store

Next to the Sally Port

The Sally Port and Drawbridge, looking in from outside the Fort

The Prison

The Moat - one view

The Stars and Bars

And a clearer view of the Stars and Bars


  1. Interesting post, Gypsy and thanks for posting the pics. The inside of the prison sure looks like a stark and lonely place.

  2. We have toured Andersonville Prison in GA but have not seen Fort Pulaski yet. I enjoyed reading your information on it. The pics were an added bonus, thanks.

  3. If they treated the poor prisoners like that, I wonder how they treated their horses!
    Yes, people can be cruel. Why can't they "do, as they would be done by"? They must be missing an empathy gene.
    Interesting pictures, thanks. Happy Trails, Penny, TX.

  4. Great pictures!! Love to learn more about that fort. Thanks for posting. It looks a lot like Ft Macon, NC

  5. Quote: "it is a total mystery to me how humans can behave this way to their fellows."

    It has always been a mystery to me as well Gypsy & the sad part is that it still continues to-day in many parts of the world. We're quite a bunch aren't we................ :((

  6. Thanks for taking us along on a tour of your fort! Am anxious to see more....

  7. Glad to hear you are acclimating to our lowcountry and enjoying the beauty we are so fortunate to be surrounded by! You JUST missed Robert Redford filming there 2 weeks ago! The Fort will be in his new "Lincoln" film which will be really cool to see!
    There used to be (25-30 years ago) a big ole snake that curled up in the chain recess of the drawbridge! I took pics of him everytime I went over there...I think the Big Momma Gator finally got him..... po ole snake!
    Have Fun!!! Gonna be in the upper 60's-70 just round the corner! You can lose the jacket...YAY!