Scenic USA - South Carolina

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Fort Sumter

Fort Sumter

Photos by Ginny West

     The tensions that built between South Carolina and the U.S. Federal Government eventually Fort Sumterlead to shots fired at Fort Sumter. South Carolina issued a Declaration of Secession in December, 1860, feeling that the newly elected president, Abraham Lincoln, held opinions that were hostile to slavery. Fort Sumter, named for Revolutionary War hero, Thomas Sumter, was one of the few remaining Fort Sumter FlagsFederal forts held on southern soil.
     On April 14, 1861, Major Anderson and his men departed from a burning Fort Sumter, defending it for a brief 34 hours. The quarters and main gates had been destroyed, and the magazines were left, surrounded by flames.
     The rebuilt fort, governed by the National Parks Service, lies in Charleston Harbor and is only accessed by tour boat. Pictured here is a Fort Sumter gunroom, one of the designed 135 gunrooms found along the left and right faces and the left flank. Fort Sumter bears only a slight resemblance of the original fort, today. During the Civil War the fortress was reduced to rubble and hastily rebuilt for defense during the Spanish American War.


 

 

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