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“The Sound of the First Gun”: The Bombardment of Fort Sumter Observed at a Distance

It’s the anniversary of the firing on Fort Sumter, the traditional beginning of the American Civil War (April 12, 1861). In the April 20th edition of The Charleston Daily Courier, I found the following account by a correspondent using the … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Forts Footage from the ECW YouTube Page

We have forts on the brain this month, so if you’re looking for something to do this weekend, how about a video tour of some of our favorite forts? We have a ton of fort footage on the Emerging Civil … Continue reading

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Robert Smalls and the Daring Capture of “Planter”

ECW welcomes guest author Scott L. Mingus, Sr. At dawn on May 13, 1862, an enslaved eight-man crew, with several family members and other friends onboard, brazenly stole the Confederate gunboat Planter and delivered her past unsuspecting Rebel forts and … Continue reading

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Maine at War: September 2021

With 9/11’s 20th anniversary occurring in September, my Maine at War blog focused on comparisons with Fort Sumter and its aftermath. September 1, 2021: Efforts are under way to preserve a 5th Maine Battery site at Gettysburg The American Battlefield … Continue reading

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The Storm Burst, 1861

“On April 13 the storm burst and rolled several hundred thousand young men like Henry Adams into the surf of a wild ocean, all helpless like himself, to be beaten about for four years by the waves of war.” — … Continue reading

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“And So We Took Fort Sumter”

April 6, 1861. The plot thickens. The air is red-hot with rumors. The mystery is to find out where these utterly groundless tales originate.[i] April 7, 1861. [Private section of the diary] News so warlike I quake. My husband speaks … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 4/12-4/18/21

Have you visited Fort Sumter and Charleston, South Carolina? What was your favorite historic site in the city or around the harbor or what do you most look forward to exploring?

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On The Eve Of War: Charleston, South Carolina

Sound of cannon wasn’t exactly new in April 1861 in Charleston, South Carolina. A few months early on November 10, 1860, a celebration cannon had been fired on November 10, 1860, after the locals heard that the state’s legislature was … Continue reading

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On The Eve of War: Buffalo, New York

The morning sunrise on February 16, 1861, slowly turned the blanket of snow that covered Buffalo, New York, overnight into mud. Though the mud would only worsen by street walkers, horses’ hooves, and carriage wheels, Buffalo’s citizens knew they had … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 3/29-4/4/21

Would you have tried to send supplies to Fort Sumter in 1861? Or would you have tried a different course of action for the stand-off in Charleston Harbor?

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