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Bombardment of Fort Sumter

On April 10, 1861, Brig. Gen. Beauregard, in command of the provisional Confederate forces at Charleston, South Carolina, demanded the surrender of the Union garrison of Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor. Garrison commander Anderson refused. On April 12, Confederate batteries opened fire on the fort, which was unable to reply effectively. At 2:30 pm, April 13, Major Anderson surrendered Fort Sumter, evacuating the garrison on the following day. The bombardment of Fort Sumter was the opening engagement of the American Civil War. Although there were no casualties during the bombardment, one Union artillerist was killed and three wounded (one mortally) when a cannon exploded prematurely while firing a salute during the evacuation on April 14.

Source: Battle Summary provided by National Park Services, U.S. Department of the Interior

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Title: Bombardment of Fort Sumter


HMI Civil War 1

Published in Samuel Mosheim Schmucker's "A History of the Civil War.." 1863

Image shows Confederate batteries opening fire on Fort Sumter. A large flag is flying on the battlements. In the foreground, soldiers are loading and firing the large guns. Cannon balls are stacked against the wall. In the distance lies Fort Sumter shrouded in smoke.

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