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Rearming the Fort
The fort wall before you, called the right face, sustained the last damage of any of Fort Sumter's walls (scarps) during the Union bombardment of 1863-65.
After the Civil War, the fort's first-tier casemates, including those in front of you, were rearmed with 100-pounder rifled Parrott cannon. These guns came from Morris Island, about one mile south of here, and could be the same guns the Union fired on Fort Sumter during the Civil War. Eleven Parrott guns occupy these right face casemates today.
When the United States modernized its seacoast defenses in the 1890's, these casemates were filled with sand to strengthen the old fort. Excavation in 1959 opened the casemates and the mounted Parrott guns were discovered.
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