The Guns of Fort Sumter


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Civil War Harper's Weekly, January 26, 1861

Other Pages from this Newspaper Include:

Fortress Moultrie | First Shot of the Civil War | Civil War Pictures of Fort Moultrie | Shots at the Star of the West | Civil War Illustration of Fort Sumter | The Guns of Fort Sumter | Charleston During the Civil War | Civil War Charleston Story | Civil War Scenes of Fort Sumter | More Civil War News


The January 26, 1861 edition of Harper's Weekly featured the following illustration, showing a dramatic image of the Guns of Fort Sumter at the beginning of the Civil War.  At this time, Major Anderson had just occupied the fort, which was in the middle of Charleston Harbor. While Sumter was well armed, as seen by the picture below, Anderson had only a small group of soldiers, and they were unprepared for the incredible bombardment by Rebel P.G.T. Beauregard and thousand of confederate troops.

The bombardment of Fort Sumter kicked off a bloody 4 year Civil War that claimed hundreds of thousands of American lives.

The Civil War Guns of Fort Sumter

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