108th Day of the Siege – Enemy Opened Fire : 2nd Major Bombardment of Fort Sumter

On this day in 1863, around 12:30 PM, the Federal batteries on Morris Island along with two monitors in the main ship channel, opened a massive bombardment of Fort Sumter.  As detailed back during the sesquicentennial, that eruption marked the start of the Second Major Bombardment of the fort.  Those “major” and “minor” bombardments, alongContinue reading “108th Day of the Siege – Enemy Opened Fire : 2nd Major Bombardment of Fort Sumter”

Speaking Event: Rufus Barringer CWRT on October 19

I’m pleased to announce a speaking event scheduled for later this fall.  I’ll be speaking to the Rufus Barringer Civil War Roundtable, in Southern Pines, North Carolina. Event details: Subject: Siege and Reduction of Fort Sumter – story of three great bombardments… and a lot of smaller ones! Date: 7 PM, October 19, 2017. Location: Southern Pines CivicContinue reading “Speaking Event: Rufus Barringer CWRT on October 19”

Fort Sumter, April 1865 Photos, Part 3: Three sets of stairs

Last week we discussed the sallyport, or the entrance into Fort Sumter.  Let’s now consider the means by which that photographer made his way up to the top of the wall. Turning back to our “pre celebration” photo of Fort Sumter’s interior: Looking close at the entrance way again: How many ways do you seeContinue reading “Fort Sumter, April 1865 Photos, Part 3: Three sets of stairs”