March 16, 2017
This is one of the larger canons at Fort Sumter, Charleston, South Carolina. The photo is taken from the outside of the fort looking inward towards the courtyard of Ft. Sumter. I converted it to black and white because it seemed to fit the time period better.
Can you imagine the stories these old walls and canons could tell if they could talk?
On April 12 to 14, 1861. Confederate Edmund Ruffin fires the first shot of the Civil War at 4:30 in the morning, At that time, he fired a single mortar upon Union held Fort Sumter in the harbor of Charleston, South Carolina. It is questionable that Ruffin actually fired the first shot of the Civil War, but that is the legend often told.
Decades of growing strife between North and South erupted in civil war on April 12, 1861, when the Confederate artillery opened fire on this Federal fort in Charleston Harbor. Fort Sumter surrendered 34 hours later. Union forces would try for nearly four years to take it back.
Fort Sumter is on an island in Charleston Harbor, and is only accessible via boat. It's thick and strong walls still look massive even today. I'm so glad that our country preserves the history of our nation and keeps sites like this in good shape and accessible to the public.
"What we interpret here has a major impact on the life we have today. We have the Constitution and Charles Pinckney, we have the Revolutionary War and Fort Moultrie, and we have the Civil War here at Fort Sumter." ~ John Tucker.
Thank you for your comments and critiques.
Have an honorable day today my friends.
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