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9 December 1863: Drawings of Fort Sumter given to Jeremy F. Gilmer by General P. G. T. Beauregard

Item description: Printed pictures on board backgrounds, dated 9 December 1863, of Fort Sumter from Gilmer Maps collection.  Both drawings were given to Jeremy Francis Gilmer by General G. T. Beauregard.  The two images depict a view looking from the … Continue reading

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20 September 1863: “There has been a very brave & successful repulse of an attack on Fort Sumter.”

Item description: Diary entry, dated 20 September 1863, by Meta Morris Grimball.  She describes a naval engagement at Fort Sumter and other military maneuvers in the Charleston, South Carolina area. Item Citation: From the Margaret Ann “Meta” Morris Grimball Diary … Continue reading

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7 September 1863: “Since commencing this letter I have learned that our troops succeeded in evacuating the forts last night.”

Item description: Letter, 7 September 1863, from Ed Mallett to his brother Peter Mallett about fighting taking place in Charleston Harbor, the early stages of the Second Battle of Fort Sumter. Item citation: From the Peter Mallett Papers, #480, Southern … Continue reading

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15 May 1861: “We are all one for our flag, since seven thousand cowards cannonaded seventy half-starved men for thirty six hours to strike it down.”

Item description: George W. Bethune, New York, N.Y., to Mary B. Blackford, Lynchburg, Va., describing the Northern response to Ft. Sumter; why the North must fight to save the Union. Item citation: From folder 79 in the Blackford Family Papers … Continue reading

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17 April 1861: Two stereo views of Fort Sumter

Item description: Two stereo views depicting the interior of Fort Sumter following the 14 April 1861 surrender of the fort. These pictures are attributed to the Charleston photographic establishment of “Osborn & Durbec’s Southern Stereoscopic and Photographic Depot,” operated by … Continue reading

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13 April 1861: “Should Fort Sumter haul down the U.S. flag the Batteries will cease firing…”

Item description: Order issued by Brigadier General James Simon during the bombardment of Fort Sumter outlining procedures to be followed when and if the Fort lowered its flag. Item citation: From the Wilmot G. DeSaussure Order-Book #3330-z, Southern Historical Collection, … Continue reading

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12 April 1861: “Be careful also not to fire too fast…”

Item description: Order issued during the bombardment of Fort Sumter, Charleston, S.C., on 12 April 1861 regarding the frequency of mortar shells to be fired onto the Fort. Item citation: From the Wilmot G. DeSaussure Order-Book #3330-z, Southern Historical Collection, … Continue reading

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