Today I learned the first death in the Civil War was an accident. After a 34 hour siege that resulted in no deaths but massive structural damage, the Union requested a 100 gun salute from the Confederacy as they lowered the US flag flying over Fort Sumter as part of their retreat. The Confederacy obliged but the 47th shot ended with the cannon exploding, killing two men. The salute ended after 50 shots.
I had the best birthday weekend in Charleston! What a beautiful city and the food was incredible! I couldn’t have asked for a better way to kick off my thirties! Thank you everyone who wished me a happy birthday yesterday!
This trip was extra special because we had @packupgo_travel surprise us with the destination! We didn’t know where we were going until two hours before our flight left on Friday morning! For those that know me you are probably shocked. I’m not exactly known for being “go with the flow” but there is something about letting go of the details that really allowed me to enjoy the trip that much more.
Highlights from Charleston:
@callieshotlittlebiscuit for Breakfast
Freezing at Fort Sumter
Morgan's Raid (1863)-
In the summer of 1863, Confederate Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan handpicked close to 2,500 calvarymen to begin his raid through Tennessee and Kentucky, as ordered by General Braxton Bragg. This would be an attempt to draw away Federal forces from other fronts to prevent the already numerically superior Union armies from growing any larger. However, without Bragg's consent, Morgan led his men across the Ohio River into Indiana and continued raiding through the state and into Ohio and West Virginia. His troops captured riverboats, disrupted communication lines, pilfered villages, and caused general havoc in the North. Although "The Great Raid" ended in Morgan's defeat at the Battle of Salineville in Ohio, it had completed all that it was set out to do - holding back tens of thousands of Federal troops from being deployed to other fronts. But one of Morgan's men who escaped capture, Bennett H. Young, would flee to Canada where he would meet up with Confederate agents there and organize another raid, one just as daring. After gathering just twenty-one men, Young raided the prominent town of St. Albans, Vermont, and stole over 200,000 dollars from the town's four banks for the South. Morgan's Raid and the St. Albans Raid were actually the Northernmost land engagements of the entire war, and began to spread much fear among Northerners with the possibility of more raids from Confederates.
In 1861, political differences exploded into armed conflict between Northern Rebublicans and Southern Democrats. The fairly young country then entered its darkest hour, and in just 5 years, over 1.5 million Americans were dead, wounded, missing, or prisoners. The American Civil War shaped the nation into its modern form, with immense technological and social innovations spurring from the bloody and destructive conflict. Every Sunday, I will choose a specific topic or unique story to post on this account from the Civil War, and I will try to create a wide range of content for my followers in order to cover the war in its most appropriate extent.
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And if you zoom in you can see Castle Pinckney’s flag.
On Jan 9, 1861 the Star of the West is fired upon as it tries to deliver supplies to the 80 soldiers under Major Robert Anderson at Fort Sumter. This was the first time shots were exchanged between Northern and Southern states. As the Star of the West came into the channel two cannon shots came from a battery on Morris Island. These two shots represented the opening salvo of the war. As more shots were fired damaging the ship Anderson watched from Sumter but did not support the ship, probably avoiding the start of the war. I was fortunate to take these images of Morris Island from Fort Sumter. You can see the close proximity as well as the lighthouse. Morris Island would later be immortalized by the 54th Massachusetts and the movie Glory. #Civilwar#americancivilwar#fortsumternationalmonument#morrisisland#lighthouse#jan9#1861#fortsumter#history#blackandwhite#cannon#robertanderson#starofthewest
7 days ago255
I’m embarrassed to admit I always thought the North fired first at the South here at Fort Sumter, which began the Civil War. It’s actually the other way around. I need to sharpen up on my history.
I forgot to post the rest of our pics to South Carolina and more a few months back
We traveled over the #ravanelbridge because I love #southerncharm
We went to #fortsumter and to see the #hunley thanks to the wonderful group from Mount Carmel Baptist Church from Buford South Carolina
On January 5th, 1861 then President James Buchanan made the tactful choice to send the Star of the West, a leased New York merchant marine vessel to Fort Sumter with 200 troops and supplies. Buchanan made this decision knowing that sending a naval vessel could be seen as a hostile move to the government of South Carolina. Furthermore, the Lincoln administration would rather have Fort Sumter in their hands knowing that it meant more to South Carolina than the United States. The U.S.S. Brooklyn, a ten gun screw sloop would be sent after the Star of the West when Buchanan realized that the South Carolina government was aware of their intentions and did not wish the Star of the West to be sunk and all hands lost. Buchanan is not given enough credit for his handling of this situation before leaving office. #jamesbuchanan#ussbrooklyn#fortsumternationalmonument#fortsumter#jan5#1861#Civilwar#americancivilwar#history#starofthewest#southcarolina#charleston