Thursday, November 17, 2011

U.S. Federal Innovation 35: One Sturdy Fort 

Fort Sumter after surrender to the Confederacy
A five-sided brick structure, 170 to 190 feet long, having five-foot thick walls standing 50 feet high over the low-tide mark, Fort Sumter, at the entrance to Charleston harbor in South Carolina, received the first shots of the American civil war. At 4:30 AM on Friday, April 12, 1861, Confederate batteries opened fire on the fort and continued firing for 34 hours. No Union troops were killed in the assault, though one federal soldier died after the 47th shot of a 100-gun salute permitted by the Confederates after the Union surrender of the fort. Fort Sumter remained in Confederate hands until 1865, when General Sherman advanced on Charleston.

Source: Wikipedia.

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