|Fort Pulaski staff and volunteers fire the |
30-pounder Parrott rifled cannon.
- When James Oglethorpe was exploring the area, the tide was out. The tall grasses swaying in the marsh reminded him of the African savanna. That resemblance – and the fact that he thought “Savannah” was a beautiful word when written – is why he named the city Savannah.
- The Northern victory at Fort Pulaski in April 1862 was credited to new technology. The fort was built to withstand any assault from smoothbore cannons and mortars. But even the massively thick brick walls with masonry piers couldn’t hold up to the experimental rifled cannon being used. Once the Union Army had a straight shot through Pulaski to the fort’s main powder magazine, Confederate commander Col. Charles H. Olmstad felt he had no choice but surrender. Otherwise, he knew every man in the fort would die if the magazine was struck. He surrendered only 30 hours after the bombardment began.
|Our daughter working hard to|
write with a quill.
- Writing with a quill is harder than I’d thought. We visited the MassieSchool museum (Massie Heritage Center), which turned out to be a little gem among the better known tourist spots. They had exhibits about Savannah’s history but one of the neatest things was the 19th century schoolroom museum (the Massie School is the oldest public school in Georgia and opened in October 1856). We each picked a feather and tried writing with it. Very tough to do without splotches and without keeping the letters huge! We all had to take turnswith the dunce cap, too.
|Savannah's waving girl.|
- One of the most famous statues in Savannah is the waving girl beside the Savannah River. I knew the story of how her brother was the lightkeeper and she spent 44 years waving to ships as they arrived. Some legends say that she'd told her true love good-bye when he sailed and that she kept hoping for his return. I'm not sure if that part is true, but it's a nice story either way. The new thing I learned was about her statue. She was originally a barefoot girl, but society ladies were appalled at her bare toes. They asked the sculptor to give her shoes, so he did. You can’t see them very well in my photo, but they’re clunky and look too big for her body. That’s because they had to be made to cover the original feet.