Francis Frank Bartow with the Georgia militia seized Fort Pulaski on January 3rd 1861 from a single US soldier and one contractor.
One of the first actions of the Civil War was the bloodless take over of Fort Pulaski on January 3rd 1861. The Georgia Militia took the fort from two men who watching it. The fort was built after learning in the War of 1812 that America’s ports were easy targets. Fort Pulaski built on the mouth of the Savannah River in 1829, with one of its engineers being a than Second Lieutenant Robert E Lee. The fort would contain twenty-five million bricks.
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New Georgia Encyclopedia; Francis S. Bartow (1816-1861)