Since 2008, the National Park Service has been collaborating with the Warren Lasch Conservation Center to research, design and implement novel conservation and preservation approaches to selected ordnance and architectural elements at Forts Moultrie and Sumter.
Conservation work, utilizing superheated and pressurized water to remove failing paint layers and corrosion, was undertaken on some of Fort Moultrie’s unique ordnance pieces and historic architectural elements. This work includes the grave fence of the Seminole leader Osceola, iron architectural works original to the Fort, and several of the Fort’s cannons.
Seminole War Chief and Medicine Man, Osceola, died a prisoner of the US Army at Fort Moultrie in January 1838. He led a resistance during the 1830s against the US Army’s efforts to relocate his Florida tribe to a reservation west of the Mississippi River.