Civil War Illustration 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 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. Beauregard.

Picture of Fort Sumter

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