Siege of Fort Pulaski
Date: April 10-11, 1862
Location: Along Savannah River, Georgia
Union Leader: Captain Quincy Adams Gilmore
Confederate Leader: Colonel Charles Olmstead
Fort Pulaski was thought to be unsiegeable by the South as well as most Union generals. This was because the nearest dry land was over a mile away. However, Captain Gilmore believed that mortars placed on Tybee Island would be able to hit the fort. He was right. When the Union began shelling the fort, the guns started to break through the wall. This greatly frightened the people inside since there was a large gunpowder store that, if hit, could destroy the entire fort. This caused Olmstead to surrender the indestructible fort after just two days.