Major Anderson's Command at Fort Moultrie


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January 12, 1861 Harper's Weekly

Other Pages From this Edition of Harper's Weekly

Major Anderson in Harper's Weekly | 

Seizure of Southern Forts, and Beginning of Hostilities | 

News of Loyal Union States | 

Major Anderson's Command at Fort Moultrie | 

Major Anderson Enters Fort Sumter | 

Major Anderson Enters Ft. Sumter (Cont.)

The January 12, 1861 edition of Harper's Weekly featured the following illustration of Fort Moultrie.  Major Anderson was in command of four Moultrie, but he felt that the citizens were about to take Fort Sumter by force, and that his position at Fort Moultrie would not be defensible. Hence, on the evening of December 26, 1860, Major Anderson abandoned Fort Moultrie, and took his command to Fort Sumter, which would be a more defensive position.

The illustration below shows eye-witness drawings of the inside of Fort Moultrie during his tenure there.

Civil War Fort Moultrie

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