On behalf of the Fort Sumter-Fort Moultrie Historical Trust, thank you for the front-page article and supporting editorial for protecting Fort Sumter. Our Trust exists to support the mission of our local National Park and its properties through education, commemoration, and preservation — the latter being of special concern for the declining condition of Fort Sumter.

The Fort was built by the Corps of Engineers (COE) and their involvement will be required if this historic federal property is to be saved. Also required will be political support and funding from Washington.

It is our hope that funding for the deepening of Charleston Harbor will include a small percentage for protection of the fort. Since the COE will be at work in the harbor anyway, this would seem to be a logical time to address the revetment issue. And, the sooner the better.

We are appreciative of Sen. Tim Scott’s proposal to rename the Fort Sumter National Monument to become the Fort Sumter-Fort Moultrie National Park. While there is no funding tied to this proposal it’s a step in the right direction to garner more support to save Fort Sumter.

Jim Thompson

Board member

Fort Sumter-Fort Moultrie Historical Trust

Fairway Village Lane

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