- The first engagement of the Civil War took place here on April 12, 1861. The park also embraces Fort Moultrie, scene of the patriot victory of June 28, 1776 - one of the early defeats of the British in the Revolutionary War. Together the forts reflect 171 years of seacoast defense.
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Fort Sumter National Monument
Recreation - A history tape is played during the tour boat ride to Fort Sumter. Ranger orientations are given for every tour boat. A small museum shop is operated at the fort.
Climate - South Carolina generally has a temperate climate, with cool winters and warm, humid summers. Snow and freezing temperatures are possible in the winter at the higher elevations. Thunderstorms are possible throughout the year but most common in the spring and summer. Tropical storms occasionally strike the coast during the hurricane season.
The concessionaire's tour boats leave from Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant, or the City Marina on Lockwood Blvd., just south of US-17 in Charleston. For visitors to the City Marina, parking at the Charleston Visitor Center (on Meeting Street) and using the DASH (Downtown Area Shuttle) service is recommended. For private boats, Fort Sumter is 3.33 miles from Charleston at the harbor entrance.