The January 26, 1861 edition of Harper's Weekly featured
the following illustration, showing the Fort Sumter on the Eve of the Civil
War. The illustration was made after Major Anderson had taken command
of the fort, and was drawn by one of the men in his command. The
illustration is dark and ominous. Their are storm clouds in the
background, foretelling the horrific trial about to be faced by our Nation.
A bolt of lighting can be seen in the picture, coming from the storm clouds.
Fort Sumter was the site of the opening battle of the Civil War. Surrounded,
outgunned, and outnumbered, Major Anderson and his command were forced to
surrender after several days of relentless bombing by Rebel General P. G. T.
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