t. elizabeth renich

author of historical fiction

150 Years Ago…

April 12, 1861 – At 4:30 a.m., Union forces manning Fort Sumter, in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina were fired upon by Confederates…  On the afternoon of April 13th, Fort Sumter surrendered.  A great many spectators in Charleston had come out to watch the “opening of the ball” – from The Battery and from the city’s rooftops – they watched history in the making.  After the fall of the fort, the Confederates raised their flag in victory.  Lincoln called for 75,000 volunteers to defend the Union, and the fight was on.

 April 12, 2011 …and so begins the series of anniversary-type commemorations of the battles of our Civil War.  These types of events will take place on their appropriate dates starting today through April of 2015.

 There are still history lessons to be learned…

To learn more about the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, visit the National Park Service’s website at http://www.nps.gov/civilwar150/ or run a Google search.  I’m sure you’ll find all sorts of interesting things you might not have known before.

I visited Charleston in April of 1998.  I’ve been to The Battery, I know how far out into the harbor Fort Sumter is, I know where Fort Moultrie is located.  It was a productive research trip.  My own photos, however, were pre-digital camera, and so those prints languish away in a box somewhere here in my “archives.”  At present, I wouldn’t even know where to begin searching for the negatives.  I’ll just have to content myself with images from the internet that depict the fortress and the battle.

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