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Fort Sumter is where the American Civil War started.Created by: PICRYL - Public Domain Media Search EngineDated: 1860
Named after revolutionary hero General Thomas Sumter, Fort Sumter was unfinished when the Civil War began.

On December 26, 1860, six days after South Carolina seceded from the Union, U.S. Army Major Robert Anderson secretly relocated 127 men of the 1st U.S. Artillery to Fort Sumter thinking that it provides a stronger defense against South Carolina militia attacks. For a few months, South Carolina 's calls for evacuation of Fort Sumter were ignored by Union.

On Friday, April 12, 1861, at 4:30 a.m., Confederate batteries opened fire on the fort, firing for 34 straight hours. After two hours, the Union started firing back slowly to conserve ammunition. During the fire, one Confederate soldier and two Union soldiers died. The next day the fort was surrendered. The Fort Sumter Union Flag became a popular patriotic symbol.

Efforts to retake the fort began on April 7, 1863. After bombardment, the Union navy's started poorly planned boat assault: 8 Union sailors were killed, 19 wounded, and 105 captured. The Confederates did not suffer any casualties. The bombardment of the fort proceeded with a varying degree of intensity until the end of the war but the fort never surrendered. Sherman's advance forced the Confederates to evacuate Charleston and abandon Fort Sumter. The Union formally took possession of Fort Sumter on February 22, 1865. Fort Sumter was in ruins.

After the war, the U.S. Army restored the fort and used it as a military installation until 1948 when the fort became a National Monument.
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The flag of Fort Sumter, Confederate States of America.

The flag of Fort Sumter, Confederate States of America.

Copyright by S.T. McDougall. Public domain scan of American 19th-century print, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Major Anderson, U.S.A. commanding Fort Sumter, Charleston Harbor / lith. P.S. Duval & Son, Philadelphia.

Major Anderson, U.S.A. commanding Fort Sumter, Charleston Harbor / lit...

Print shows Major Robert Anderson, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing slightly left, wearing military uniform.

Major Robert Anderson, U.S.A., in command of Fort Sumpter, Charleston Harbor, S.C. / photographed by Webster & Bros.

Major Robert Anderson, U.S.A., in command of Fort Sumpter, Charleston ...

Title page illustration showing Robert Anderson, head-and-shoulders portrait, wearing uniform, facing front. Illus. in: Frank Leslie's illustrated newspaper, v. 11, no. 271 (1861 February 2), p. 161.

The Evacuation of Fort Sumter, April 1861

The Evacuation of Fort Sumter, April 1861

Edward Anthony (American, 1818–1888) The albumen silver print is a photographic printing process that was widely used in the 19th century. It involves coating paper support with a mixture of egg whites and sal... More

The Evacuation of Fort Sumter, April 1861

The Evacuation of Fort Sumter, April 1861

Attributed to Alma A. Pelot (American, active Charleston, South Carolina, 1850s–1860s)

Salient with North-west Casemates, Fort Sumter

Salient with North-west Casemates, Fort Sumter

J. M. Osborn (American, active Charleston, South Carolina, 1850s–1860s) The albumen silver print is a photographic printing process that was widely used in the 19th century. It involves coating paper support w... More

Banner Brand, Confederate States of America.

Banner Brand, Confederate States of America.

Label showing Union soldier standing on cliff holding up U.S. flag and sword; Fort Sumter in background. "Manufactured by John J. Levy, New-York."

Morris Island, South Carolina. Battery Rosecrans. Three 100-pounder Parrot Rifles. Breaching battery against Fort Sumter

Morris Island, South Carolina. Battery Rosecrans. Three 100-pounder Pa...

Photographer name from annotations on other negatives in this series (LC-B8156). Title and date from corresponding photographic print in LOT 4196. Annotation from negative, inked on emulsion: 24. Credit line: C... More

Exterior view, April, 1865, Confederate States of America.

Exterior view, April, 1865, Confederate States of America.

Photograph shows a man seated on rocks amidst the debris of outer wall of Fort Sumter, a result of bombardment from August 17 to September 23, 1863. Also showing chevaux-de-frise for protection against assault.

View of Fort Sumpter (i.e. Sumter). Interior, showing sallyport (entrance to the fort)

View of Fort Sumpter (i.e. Sumter). Interior, showing sallyport (entra...

Stereograph showing gabions and ruins inside Fort Sumter facing the entrance. Soldier being photographed on the parapet by Sam Cooley. No. 3062. Part of series: The War for the Union. Photographic History. Cop... More

The first 300 pound Parrott gun. The gun is named Colonel Brayton. It throws its shell into Fort Sumpter (i.e. Sumter)

The first 300 pound Parrott gun. The gun is named Colonel Brayton. It ...

Photograph shows a 300 pound Parrott rifle, labeled "Col. Brayton" in a Union Army mortar battery on Morris Island, possibly Fort Putnam. Purchase; Robin Stanford; 2015; (DLC/PP-2015:022). Printed on mount: Pho... More

Charleston, South Carolina. Interior view of Fort Sumter

Charleston, South Carolina. Interior view of Fort Sumter

Stereo filed in LOT 4166C. Two plates form left (LC-B811-3131B) and right (LC-B811-3131A) halves of a stereograph pair. Credit line: Civil war photographs, 1861-1865, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs... More

Charleston, South Carolina. Interior view of Fort Sumter

Charleston, South Carolina. Interior view of Fort Sumter

Stereo filed in LOT 4166C. Caption from negative sleeve: Fort Sumter. Annotation from negative, scratched on emulsion: copyright. Two plates form left (LC-B811-3058A) and right (LC-B811-3058B) halves of a stere... More

Fort Sumter, exterior view of land face.

Fort Sumter, exterior view of land face.

Civil War stereoscopic card. Robert Dennis's stereographs collection includes more than 72,000 stereoscopic views organized primarily by geography. The collection bears the name of the native New Yorker who as... More

Outside view of Fort Sumter, March, 1865. Foot of slope on southwestern front, looking S.E.

Outside view of Fort Sumter, March, 1865. Foot of slope on southwester...

Photograph shows two men seated on rocks amidst the debris of exterior of Fort Sumter. One man leans on a cannon. Original neg. for this print: LC-B811-3049. Variant view in LOT 4166-C. Forms part of: Visual m... More

Fort Sumter, Charleston, Charleston County, SC

Fort Sumter, Charleston, Charleston County, SC

Significance: The defense of this fort by its Union garrison marked the beginning of the Civil War; the existing remains display interesting structural features. Unprocessed Field note material exists for this... More

Fort Sumter, Charleston, Charleston County, SC

Fort Sumter, Charleston, Charleston County, SC

Significance: The defense of this fort by its Union garrison marked the beginning of the Civil War; the existing remains display interesting structural features. Unprocessed Field note material exists for this... More

Fort Sumter, Charleston, Charleston County, SC

Fort Sumter, Charleston, Charleston County, SC

Significance: The defense of this fort by its Union garrison marked the beginning of the Civil War; the existing remains display interesting structural features. Unprocessed Field note material exists for this... More

Fort Sumter, Charleston, Charleston County, SC

Fort Sumter, Charleston, Charleston County, SC

Significance: The defense of this fort by its Union garrison marked the beginning of the Civil War; the existing remains display interesting structural features. Unprocessed Field note material exists for this... More

Fort Sumter, Charleston, Charleston County, SC

Fort Sumter, Charleston, Charleston County, SC

Significance: The defense of this fort by its Union garrison marked the beginning of the Civil War; the existing remains display interesting structural features. Unprocessed Field note material exists for this... More

Fort Sumter, Charleston, Charleston County, SC

Fort Sumter, Charleston, Charleston County, SC

Significance: The defense of this fort by its Union garrison marked the beginning of the Civil War; the existing remains display interesting structural features. Unprocessed Field note material exists for this... More

Fort Sumter, Charleston, Charleston County, SC

Fort Sumter, Charleston, Charleston County, SC

Significance: The defense of this fort by its Union garrison marked the beginning of the Civil War; the existing remains display interesting structural features. Unprocessed Field note material exists for this... More

Charleston, South Carolina. Exterior view of Fort Sumter showing result of bombardment from August 17 to September 23, 1863 and chevaux-de-frise  for protection against assault

Charleston, South Carolina. Exterior view of Fort Sumter showing resul...

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Interior of Fort Sumpter [i.e. Sumter], Charleston Harbor, S.C. April 14th, 1865, pending the ceremony of raising the old flag

Interior of Fort Sumpter [i.e. Sumter], Charleston Harbor, S.C. April ...

Stereograph shows flag-festooned stage and benches within Fort Sumter with crowd waiting for ceremony to raise the American flag in triumph. Corresponding glass negatives: LC-B811-3139A, left, and LC-B811-3139... More

Fort Sumter as seen from Morris Island, Charleston harbor, S.C.

Fort Sumter as seen from Morris Island, Charleston harbor, S.C.

Photograph shows the lighthouse constructed by the Union Army inside the fort and the heavily damaged exterior on the right flank after the bombardment.

Charleston, South Carolina. Flag-raising ceremony at Fort Sumter

Charleston, South Carolina. Flag-raising ceremony at Fort Sumter

Public domain photograph of American Civil War era building, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Charleston, South Carolina. View of Fort Sumter from the sand bar

Charleston, South Carolina. View of Fort Sumter from the sand bar

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[Fort Sumter interior after bombardment], Confederate States of America.

[Fort Sumter interior after bombardment], Confederate States of Americ...

Photograph shows damaged structures and debris inside the harbor face of Fort Sumter after the bombardment. Purchase; Robin Stanford; 2015; (DLC/PP-2015:022). Title from inventory and item. Osborn & Durbec's la... More

Fort Sumter, December 9th 1863, View of South East Angle

Fort Sumter, December 9th 1863, View of South East Angle

Interior view of Fort Sumter having undergone considerable damage. Soldiers sitting amongst rubble, hauling sacks, and climbing a ladder. Ripped flag flying. Exhibit caption: When Confederate forces under Gener... More

Fort Sumter. IX. 10, Confederate States of America.

Fort Sumter. IX. 10, Confederate States of America.

Three views of the fort. Signed on verso: Return to Mr. Alfred Waud South Orange, N.J. Titled inscribed on verso. Gift, J.P. Morgan, 1919 (DLC/PP-1919:R1.2.119) Forms part of: Morgan collection of Civil War drawings.

View of the east face of Fort Sumpter (i.e. Sumter), Charleston Harbor, S.C.

View of the east face of Fort Sumpter (i.e. Sumter), Charleston Harbor...

Stereograph showing a damaged cannon among the rocks, cannon shells, and debris of the exterior of Fort Sumter. No. 3125, from series: War Views. Part of series: The War for the Union. Photographic History. Han... More

Big gun on Morris Island, South Carolina

Big gun on Morris Island, South Carolina

Photograph shows a group of soldiers with a 300 pound Parrott gun named "Col. Brayton" in battery Gregg on Morris Island, South Carolina. The cannon is aimed at Fort Sumter.

Inside view, Fort Sumter, Confederate States of America.

Inside view, Fort Sumter, Confederate States of America.

Photograph shows gabions used as reinforcements inside Fort Sumter. The albumen silver print is a photographic printing process that was widely used in the 19th century. It involves coating paper support with ... More

Parapet view of Fort Sumter, Charleston, S.C.

Parapet view of Fort Sumter, Charleston, S.C.

Photograph shows a view of the northeast angle of Fort Sumter taken the day after the evacuation of the fort by General Anderson on April 14, 1861. Confederate ordnance officers inspect the damage to the fort ... More

Outside view, Fort Sumter, n. east face

Outside view, Fort Sumter, n. east face

Photograph shows war damaged brick walls and timber reinforcements on exterior of Fort Sumter. Original neg. for this print: LC-B811-3056. Forms part of: Visual materials from the papers of O.M. Poe.

Interior of Fort Sumpter (i.e. Sumter), showing light house

Interior of Fort Sumpter (i.e. Sumter), showing light house

Stereograph showing a beacon above a bombproof construction on the parapet of Fort Sumter, with gabions used as reinforcements. No. 344, part of series: War Views. Copyright 1865 by John P. Soule. Attributed t... More

View taken in 1861, Confederate States of America.

View taken in 1861, Confederate States of America.

Photograph shows group of men at the entrance of Fort Sumter. No. 4394. Hand written on verso: Miller, vol. 9, p. 41. Mounted with five other photographs with general caption: Fort Sumter, Charleston, S.C. Pho... More

Fort Johnson, James Island, looking toward Fort Sumter

Fort Johnson, James Island, looking toward Fort Sumter

Formerly attributed to Mathew B. Brady (American, born Ireland, 1823?–1896 New York)

The Evacuation of Fort Sumter, April 1861

The Evacuation of Fort Sumter, April 1861

Attributed to Alma A. Pelot (American, active Charleston, South Carolina, 1850s–1860s)

Fort Sumpter (i.e. Sumter), east face, Charleston Harbor, S.C., showing the palmetto works erected to strengthen the fort

Fort Sumpter (i.e. Sumter), east face, Charleston Harbor, S.C., showin...

Stereograph showing broken girders among piles of rocks next to the palmetto reinforcement on the exterior wall of Fort Sumter. No. 3127. Part of series: The War for the Union. Photographic History. Copyright ... More

Interior of Fort Sumpter (i.e. Sumter), S.C., looking south, showing officers' quarters

Interior of Fort Sumpter (i.e. Sumter), S.C., looking south, showing o...

Stereograph showing gabion reinforced retaining walls, brick chimneys, rocks and other debris inside Fort Sumter. No. 3132. Part of series: The War for the Union. Photographic History. Copyright 1865 by E. & H... More

The light house and bomb proofs of Fort Sumpter (i.e. Sumter), S.C.

The light house and bomb proofs of Fort Sumpter (i.e. Sumter), S.C.

Stereograph showing the entrance to a casemate beneath a beacon tower on the parapet of Fort Sumter. Part of series: The War for the Union. Photographic History. Copyright 1865 by E. & H.T. Anthony & Co. Forms... More

History repeats itself / Dalrymple., Confederate States of America.

History repeats itself / Dalrymple., Confederate States of America.

Print shows, at center, William Jennings Bryan labeled "16 to 1", standing on a platform "Built by Popo. Platform Silver Syndicate", holding up a paper that states "'We Denounce Arbitrary Interference by Federa... More

Fort Sumpter [i.e. Sumter] from the battery, Charleston, S.C.

Fort Sumpter [i.e. Sumter] from the battery, Charleston, S.C.

Public domain photograph of park, trees, outdoors, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Charleston, South Carolina. Exterior view of Fort Sumter

Charleston, South Carolina. Exterior view of Fort Sumter

Stereo filed in LOT 4166C. Caption from negative sleeve: Fort Sumter. Two plates form left (LC-B811-3052B) and right (LC-B811-3052A) halves of a stereograph pair. Corresponding print is in LOT 4166-C. Credit li... More

[Charleston, S.C. Interior of Fort Sumter with gabions; another view]

[Charleston, S.C. Interior of Fort Sumter with gabions; another view]

Photograph of the Federal Navy, and seaborne expeditions against the Atlantic Coast of the Confederacy, specifically of Charleston, S.C., 1863-1865.

Interior of Fort Sumpter [i.e. Sumter], Charleston Harbor, S.C. April 14th, 1865 Awaiting the arrival of General Anderson and the invited guests to inaugurate the ceremony of raising the old flag.

Interior of Fort Sumpter [i.e. Sumter], Charleston Harbor, S.C. April ...

Stereograph shows flag-festooned stage and benches within Fort Sumter with crowd waiting for General Robert Anderson to raise the American flag in triumph. Corresponding glass negatives: LC-B811-3145B, left, a... More

Fort Sumter after the bombardment, Confederate States of America.

Fort Sumter after the bombardment, Confederate States of America.

Stereograph showing ruins of artillery among the rocks on the exterior of Fort Sumter. No. 6051. Part of series: The War for the Union. Photographic War History, 1861-1865. Attributed to George N. Barnard in 1... More

Fort Sumter, Charleston, Charleston County, SC

Fort Sumter, Charleston, Charleston County, SC

Significance: The defense of this fort by its Union garrison marked the beginning of the Civil War; the existing remains display interesting structural features. Unprocessed Field note material exists for this... More

Fort Sumter, Charleston, Charleston County, SC

Fort Sumter, Charleston, Charleston County, SC

Significance: The defense of this fort by its Union garrison marked the beginning of the Civil War; the existing remains display interesting structural features. Unprocessed Field note material exists for this... More

Fort Sumter, Charleston, Charleston County, SC

Fort Sumter, Charleston, Charleston County, SC

Significance: The defense of this fort by its Union garrison marked the beginning of the Civil War; the existing remains display interesting structural features. Unprocessed Field note material exists for this... More

Fort Sumter, Charleston, Charleston County, SC

Fort Sumter, Charleston, Charleston County, SC

Significance: The defense of this fort by its Union garrison marked the beginning of the Civil War; the existing remains display interesting structural features. Unprocessed Field note material exists for this... More

Fort Sumter, Charleston, Charleston County, SC

Fort Sumter, Charleston, Charleston County, SC

Significance: The defense of this fort by its Union garrison marked the beginning of the Civil War; the existing remains display interesting structural features. Unprocessed Field note material exists for this... More

Fort Sumter, Charleston, Charleston County, SC

Fort Sumter, Charleston, Charleston County, SC

Significance: The defense of this fort by its Union garrison marked the beginning of the Civil War; the existing remains display interesting structural features. Unprocessed Field note material exists for this... More

Fort Sumter, Charleston, Charleston County, SC

Fort Sumter, Charleston, Charleston County, SC

Significance: The defense of this fort by its Union garrison marked the beginning of the Civil War; the existing remains display interesting structural features. Unprocessed Field note material exists for this... More

Fort Sumter, Charleston, Charleston County, SC

Fort Sumter, Charleston, Charleston County, SC

Significance: The defense of this fort by its Union garrison marked the beginning of the Civil War; the existing remains display interesting structural features. Unprocessed Field note material exists for this... More

Fort Sumter, Charleston, Charleston County, SC

Fort Sumter, Charleston, Charleston County, SC

Significance: The defense of this fort by its Union garrison marked the beginning of the Civil War; the existing remains display interesting structural features. Unprocessed Field note material exists for this... More

[Fort Sumter parapet with dismounted gun damaged by Confederate fire]

[Fort Sumter parapet with dismounted gun damaged by Confederate fire]

Picryl description: Public domain image of an American Civil War, military forces and conflict, officer, uniform, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

Exterior of Sumter, no. 2, Confederate States of America.

Exterior of Sumter, no. 2, Confederate States of America.

Photograph shows the damaged exterior walls of Fort Sumter near the gorge. Four men stand near a boat in the foreground. Purchase; Robin Stanford; 2015; (DLC/PP-2015:022). Date of photo based on newspaper acco... More

[Guns on the parapet at Fort Sumter]

[Guns on the parapet at Fort Sumter]

Photograph shows a soldier sitting beside a damaged gun inside of Fort Sumter after the bombardment. Purchase; Robin Stanford; 2015; (DLC/PP-2015:022). From verso: "#15." Attributed to photographers Osborn & D... More

A view of the north face of Fort Sumter, taken in 1868, Charleston, S.C.

A view of the north face of Fort Sumter, taken in 1868, Charleston, S....

Photograph shows a damaged portion of the fort that faces Sullivan's Island. Purchase; Robin Stanford; 2015; (DLC/PP-2015:022). "No. 33." Date from similar object in the Stereographic Views of South Carolina C... More

View from parapet, showing Federal Iron Class, taken by a Confederate photographer in 1864 [i.e. 1863]

View from parapet, showing Federal Iron Class, taken by a Confederate ...

Photograph shows Federal Ironclads Weehawken, Montauk, and Passaic in combat, firing on Fort Sumter. No. 4383. This is the first known Civil War combat photo taken with the photographer actually under fire. (S... More

Charleston, South Carolina. Flag-raising ceremony at Fort Sumter. Awaiting the arrival of General Anderson and invited guests to inaugurate the ceremony of raising the flag

Charleston, South Carolina. Flag-raising ceremony at Fort Sumter. Awai...

Stereograph showing a crowd gathered on the ground and along the parapet for General Anderson's raising of the American flag that four years earlier the Confederates had compelled him to take down. Part of seri... More

Charleston, South Carolina. View of Fort Sumter from the sand bar

Charleston, South Carolina. View of Fort Sumter from the sand bar

Public domain historical photo, 19th century, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description.

Bombardment of Fort Sumter, Charleston Harbor: 12th & 13th of April, 1861

Bombardment of Fort Sumter, Charleston Harbor: 12th & 13th of April, 1...

Currier & Ives : a catalogue raisonné / compiled by Gale Research. Detroit, MI : Gale Research, c1983, no. 0664 Exhibited: American Treasures of the Library of Congress, 2002-2003. Exhibited: "With Malice Towar... More

Inside view, Fort Sumter, March 1865, looking S.E. across south western front

Inside view, Fort Sumter, March 1865, looking S.E. across south wester...

Photograph shows gabions used as reinforcements in the damaged interior and parapet of Fort Sumter. Original neg. for this print: LC- Forms part of: Visual materials from the papers of O.M. Poe.

South angle of Fort Sumter after the war, Charleston, S.C.

South angle of Fort Sumter after the war, Charleston, S.C.

Photograph shows the damage done to the fortifications on the southern exterior of the fort. The beacon light shown in the distance on the northeast side was erected after the war. Purchase; Robin Stanford; 20... More

Fort Johnson, James Island. Fort Sumter in distance

Fort Johnson, James Island. Fort Sumter in distance

Photograph shows battery along the parapet of Fort Johnson on James Island. Fort Sumter in the distance in Charleston harbor. Original neg. for this print: LC-B811-3064. Forms part of: Visual materials from th... More

[Fort Sumter interior with flag staff]

[Fort Sumter interior with flag staff]

Photograph shows a group of men, some in uniform standing beside a cannon beneath the shot off flag staff. Purchase; Robin Stanford; 2015; (DLC/PP-2015:022). Osborn & Durbec's label on verso, with no. "7". For... More

Interior view of Fort Sumter in 1864 [i.e. 1863]

Interior view of Fort Sumter in 1864 [i.e. 1863]

Hand written on verso: "In Miller's vol. I, p. 100". Gift; Col. Godwin Ordway; 1948.

Interior view of Fort Sumter in 1864 [i.e. 1863]

Interior view of Fort Sumter in 1864 [i.e. 1863]

Hand written on verso: "In Miller's vol. I, p. 100". Gift; Col. Godwin Ordway; 1948.

Charleston, South Carolina. Samuel Cooley, photographer with his camera on the battered parapet of Fort Sumter

Charleston, South Carolina. Samuel Cooley, photographer with his camer...

Public domain photograph of American Civil War era building, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

[Charleston, S.C. Parapet of Fort Sumter looking toward Morris Island]

[Charleston, S.C. Parapet of Fort Sumter looking toward Morris Island]

Photographs of the Federal Navy, and seaborne expeditions against the Atlantic Coast of the Confederacy, specifically of Charleston, S.C., 1863-1865.

Sea face of Fort Sumpter (i.e. Sumter), looking toward Morris Island

Sea face of Fort Sumpter (i.e. Sumter), looking toward Morris Island

Stereograph showing four men amidst the debris of the outer wall of Fort Sumter as a result of the bombardment from August 17 to September 23, 1863. Also showing chevaux-de-frise for protection against assault.... More

Inside view, Fort Sumter, Confederate States of America.

Inside view, Fort Sumter, Confederate States of America.

Photograph shows a beacon on the parapet and gabions used as reinforcements in the interior of Fort Sumter. Original neg. for this print: LC-B811-3055. Forms part of: Visual materials from the papers of O.M. Poe.

The Evacuation of Fort Sumter, April 1861

The Evacuation of Fort Sumter, April 1861

Edward Anthony (American, 1818–1888) The albumen silver print is a photographic printing process that was widely used in the 19th century. It involves coating paper support with a mixture of egg whites and sal... More

View of Fort Sumpter (i.e. Sumter), Charleston Harbor, S.C., taken from the sand bar

View of Fort Sumpter (i.e. Sumter), Charleston Harbor, S.C., taken fro...

Stereograph showing three men standing on the sandbar next to a boat with three men inside. The exterior of Fort Sumter is in the distance. No. 3133. Part of series: The War for the Union. Photographic History.... More

Interior views of Fort Sumter, in April, 1865

Interior views of Fort Sumter, in April, 1865

Photograph shows a pile of cannon balls inside the battery at Fort Sumter. No. B665. Mounted with five other photographs. Photograph is half of a stereograph pair. Gift; Col. Godwin Ordway; 1948.

Charleston, South Carolina. Beacon on parapet of Fort Sumter

Charleston, South Carolina. Beacon on parapet of Fort Sumter

Caption from negative sleeve: Fort Sumter, Interior view. Photographer's name attributed in Civil War caption books. Annotation from negative, scratched on emulsion: copyright. Beacon at Ft. Sumter. Two plates ... More

Charleston, S.C. Crowd inside Fort Sumter awaiting the flag-raising

Charleston, S.C. Crowd inside Fort Sumter awaiting the flag-raising

Photographs of the Federal Navy, and seaborne expeditions against the Atlantic Coast of the Confederacy, specifically of Charleston, S.C., 1862-1863. Civil War photographs, 1861-1865 / compiled by Hirst D. Milh... More

[Charleston, S.C. Flag-raising ceremony, with Brevet Maj. General Robert Anderson and Henry Ward Beecher present]

[Charleston, S.C. Flag-raising ceremony, with Brevet Maj. General Robe...

Stereograph showing a crowd gathered at Fort Sumter to celebrate the raising of the American flag by General Anderson four years after it had been hauled down by the Confederates. Part of series: The War for t... More

Fort Sumter, Charleston, Charleston County, SC

Fort Sumter, Charleston, Charleston County, SC

Significance: The defense of this fort by its Union garrison marked the beginning of the Civil War; the existing remains display interesting structural features. Unprocessed Field note material exists for this... More

Fort Sumter, Charleston, Charleston County, SC

Fort Sumter, Charleston, Charleston County, SC

Significance: The defense of this fort by its Union garrison marked the beginning of the Civil War; the existing remains display interesting structural features. Unprocessed Field note material exists for this... More

Fort Sumter, Charleston, Charleston County, SC

Fort Sumter, Charleston, Charleston County, SC

Significance: The defense of this fort by its Union garrison marked the beginning of the Civil War; the existing remains display interesting structural features. Unprocessed Field note material exists for this... More

Fort Sumter, Charleston, Charleston County, SC

Fort Sumter, Charleston, Charleston County, SC

Significance: The defense of this fort by its Union garrison marked the beginning of the Civil War; the existing remains display interesting structural features. Unprocessed Field note material exists for this... More

Fort Sumter, Charleston, Charleston County, SC

Fort Sumter, Charleston, Charleston County, SC

Significance: The defense of this fort by its Union garrison marked the beginning of the Civil War; the existing remains display interesting structural features. Unprocessed Field note material exists for this... More

Fort Sumter, Charleston, Charleston County, SC

Fort Sumter, Charleston, Charleston County, SC

Significance: The defense of this fort by its Union garrison marked the beginning of the Civil War; the existing remains display interesting structural features. Unprocessed Field note material exists for this... More

Fort Sumter, Charleston, Charleston County, SC

Fort Sumter, Charleston, Charleston County, SC

Significance: The defense of this fort by its Union garrison marked the beginning of the Civil War; the existing remains display interesting structural features. Unprocessed Field note material exists for this... More

Fort Sumter, Charleston, Charleston County, SC

Fort Sumter, Charleston, Charleston County, SC

Significance: The defense of this fort by its Union garrison marked the beginning of the Civil War; the existing remains display interesting structural features. Unprocessed Field note material exists for this... More

Fort Sumter, Charleston, Charleston County, SC

Fort Sumter, Charleston, Charleston County, SC

Significance: The defense of this fort by its Union garrison marked the beginning of the Civil War; the existing remains display interesting structural features. Unprocessed Field note material exists for this... More

Fort Sumter, Charleston, Charleston County, SC

Fort Sumter, Charleston, Charleston County, SC

Significance: The defense of this fort by its Union garrison marked the beginning of the Civil War; the existing remains display interesting structural features. Unprocessed Field note material exists for this... More

Fort Sumter, Charleston, Charleston County, SC

Fort Sumter, Charleston, Charleston County, SC

Significance: The defense of this fort by its Union garrison marked the beginning of the Civil War; the existing remains display interesting structural features. Unprocessed Field note material exists for this... More

Fort Sumter, Charleston, Charleston County, SC

Fort Sumter, Charleston, Charleston County, SC

Significance: The defense of this fort by its Union garrison marked the beginning of the Civil War; the existing remains display interesting structural features. Unprocessed Field note material exists for this... More

Fort Sumter, Charleston, Charleston County, SC

Fort Sumter, Charleston, Charleston County, SC

Significance: The defense of this fort by its Union garrison marked the beginning of the Civil War; the existing remains display interesting structural features. Unprocessed Field note material exists for this... More

Fort Sumter, Charleston, Charleston County, SC

Fort Sumter, Charleston, Charleston County, SC

Significance: The defense of this fort by its Union garrison marked the beginning of the Civil War; the existing remains display interesting structural features. Unprocessed Field note material exists for this... More

Fort Sumter, Charleston Harbor, no. 624 / George Stacy.

Fort Sumter, Charleston Harbor, no. 624 / George Stacy.

Stereograph shows three men standing on a sandbar next to a boat with three men sitting inside anchored opposite of Fort Sumter, Charleston, South Carolina. Card number: "No. 624." Forms part of the Larry Gott... More

Fort Sumter in 1872. Stereoscope card of Charleston SC.

Fort Sumter in 1872. Stereoscope card of Charleston SC.

North Carolina stereoscopic card. Robert Dennis's stereographs collection includes more than 72,000 stereoscopic views organized primarily by geography. The collection bears the name of the native New Yorker w... More

Fort Johnson, James Island. Fort Sumpter [Sumter] in the distance

Fort Johnson, James Island. Fort Sumpter [Sumter] in the distance

Picryl description: Public domain image of an artillery gun, or cannon, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

Charleston, South Carolina. Interior view of Fort Sumter

Charleston, South Carolina. Interior view of Fort Sumter

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Fort Sumter, old flag staff, '61 (i.e. 1861)

Fort Sumter, old flag staff, '61 (i.e. 1861)

Photograph shows a view of the interior of Fort Sumter with the damaged flag staff and officer's quarters after the bombardment in April 1861. Purchase; Robin Stanford; 2015; (DLC/PP-2015:022). "No. 49." From ... More

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