National Park Service, South Carolina.
Charleston, victorious over the Royal Navy in 1776 and scene of the largest patriot defeat in 1780, played a key role in the American Revolution. Charleston's appetite for revolution continued in the 1800s as the city blazed a path to secession to safeguard slavery. The Confederacy fired on the US garrison of Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861, opening the Civil War, which redefined American freedom.
Fort Sumter is accessible only by ferry boat. Boats depart at scheduled times from two locations. The primary departure point is the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center, 340 Concord Street, Charleston. Boats also depart from Patriots Point, 40 Patriots Point Boulevard, Mount Pleasant. There is a fee for riding the concession-operated ferry. Fort Moultrie and park headquarters is accessible by car. The address is 1214 Middle Street, Sullivan's Island. A park entrance fee is charged for the park.