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Fort Point, San Francisco

FORT POINT IS CONSIDERED ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES
OF MILITARY ARCHITECTURE IN THE UNITED STATES AND IS
SAN FRANCISCO'S ONLY MAJOR BUILDING CONSTRUCTED BEFORE
THE CIVIL WAR WHICH HAS REMAINED BASICALLY UNCHANGED
SINCE IT WAS COMPLETED AND GARRISONED IN FEBRUARY 1861.
TWO MONTHS LATER THE FIRING ON FORT SUMTER, SOUTH
CAROLINA, MARKED THE BEGINNING OF THE CIVIL WAR, BUT
THE BOMBARDMENT ALSO CLEARLY DEMONSTRATED THAT BRICK
AND GRANITE FORTRESSES COULD NOT WITHSTAND THE
DEVASTATING POWER OF THE RIFLED CANNON. FORT POINT
WAS THE LAST SUCH FORTRESS TO BE CONSTRUCTED.

TABLET PLACED BY FORT POINT MUSEUM ASSOCIATION

1966


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