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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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ECW on C-SPAN 3: Mark Maloy and Fort Sumter

Mark Maloy’s talk on Fort Sumter from the ECW virtual symposium will air on C-SPAN 3’s “American History TV” this weekend. Check out “The First Shots of the Civil War,” which recounts the tale of Charleston and Fort Sumter in … Continue reading

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Virtual Symposium 2020: The First Shots of the Civil War

Today, we’re pleased to share Mark Maloy’s talk from the 2020 ECW Virtual Symposium. Mark, who once worked at Fort Sumter in Charleston, spoke on “The First Shots of the Civil War.” “I really enjoy the story of the first … Continue reading

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Raising the Flag at Fort Sumter

On April 14, 1861—today, one hundred and fifty-nine years ago—Maj. Robert Anderson marched his garrison out of Fort Sumter after weathering a barrage that began two days previously. The assault on Fort Sumter started the Civil War. On April 14, … Continue reading

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BookChat with David Silkenat, author of Raising the White Flag

I was pleased to spend some time recently with a new book by historian David Silkenat, senior lecturer of American history at the University of Edinburgh. Silkenat is the author of Raising the White Flag: How Surrender Defined the Civil … Continue reading

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