Fort Sumter information
Lonely Planet review
The first shots of the Civil War rang out at Fort Sumter, on a pentagon-shaped island in the harbor. A Confederate stronghold, the fort was shelled to bits by Union forces from 1863 to 1865. A few original guns and fortifications give a feel for the momentous history. The only way to get here is by Boat Tour , which also departfrom Patriot's Point in Mt Pleasant, across the river.