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General P.G.T Beauregard was the Confederate commander in Charleston at the start of the Civil War. He graduated second in his class at West Point in 1838. He went on to serve in the Mexican-American War, where he was wounded in action. Before resigning his commission, Beauregard was appointed as Superintendent of West Point. He held this position for only days and those orders were revoked on January 27, 1861 after Louisiana secedes. Beauregard was given a commission as a Brigadier General in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States on March 1, 1861. He was the first general officer of the Confederacy. Assigned to Charleston on March 3, 1861 he soon faced off against his friend and former West Point instructor, Major Robert Anderson. The resulting battle lasted 34 hours and Beauregard allowed Anderson to surrender with honor. Beauregard survived the war and went on to work in the railroad industry, state and local governments. #nationalparkservice #fortmoultrie #fortsumter #history
Took a tour at sunset of Charleston Harbor. Pelicans flying all around and saw dolphins riding the wake of the boat #charlestonharbor #southcarolina #sunset #beautifulsky #pelicansflying #dolphinsjumping #fortsumter
Day 2 of my Anniversary trip! Sorry that my Insta is becoming a travel log. 😂😂😂 #charleston #travel #charlestonsc #fortsumter #pizza #anniversary #blogger #25anniversary #marriage #architecture
The raising of the flag this morning at Fort Sumter, Charleston, SC. The site of the start of the American Civil War 1861. Ranger Gabby gave a great historical lesson too! #fortsumter #charleston
We are excited about our upcoming residential townhouse project fronting Waterfront Park in historic Charleston! Spectacular harbor views! #historiccharleston #waterfrontpark #renewurbancharleston #omniblock #henselstonewindowsanddoors #fortsumter #versatextrim #indianalimestone
I had the privilege to visit and #Explore #FortSumter today! In the early morning of April 12th #1861 , #ConfederateSoldiers opened fire on this originally #Union controlled #Fort on a nearby island. The union military forces were forced to abandon the fort and surrender it to the #ConfederateArmy . And I think you know the rest!🇺🇸 #History #USHistory #Old #OldFort #Brick #NeverForget #Ruins #USArmy #USMilitary #CivilWar #USHeritage #AmericanFlag #FlagPole #America #StarsAndStripes #LandOfTheFree #HistoricalLandmark #Historical #USMilitaryBase #Confederacy #UnionArmy #RoadToTheCivilWar #NationalMonument
At Fort Sumter in 1959 there were excavations done to return sections of the fort to how it was before the United States modernized seacoast defense and in turn, was filled with sand to strengthen the old fort. When the sand was being removed, many artifacts were found including a number of Parrott guns! Archaeology is very important in understanding the past and if this excavation had not been done, your visit to Fort Sumter today would look a lot different. Happy International Archaeology Day! Photos: Fort Sumter National Monument archives and NPS/ Tejada #canyoudigit #archaeology #nationalparkservice #findyourpark #fortmoultrie #fortsumter #internationalarchaeologyday
A little bit of bucket list ✅#fortsumter #chooseyourpark #charleston #fitfamconshy
Stars and Stripes flying above #FortSumter . . #USA #Flag #UnitedStates #Charleston
#JeffersonsinSC We had a nice ferry ride and toured #fortsumter , but there was a rule against placing children in the cannons?? 7/10 - could be more interactive.
Fire Rainbows 🌈 in last night’s clouds. Totally in love ❤️ with this weather, our two weeks of fall have arrived 😂
Fort Sumter and USS Yorktown from our Harbor Cruise of Charleston. #Charleston #fortsumter #ussyorktown #harborcruise #southcarolina
Continued from last week: It was the dark night of February 17, 1864, and the crew of the USS Housatonic stood guard at the mouth of the Charleston Harbor. All was quiet on the deck on the USS Housatonic, but unbeknownst to its officers and crew, the H.L. Hunley was approaching just under the surface of the water; avoiding detection until the last possible moment. By the time the sentries spotted the submarine, the ship’s 12 large guns could not be lowered enough to engage the sub that was along its hull. Then a spar torpedo was jammed into the side of the Union warship. The ship’s crew did what they could, slipping the anchor and reversing engines, but they were not able to stop what happened next. Within five minutes of the torpedo exploding, the 1,260 ton USS Housatonic rapidly sank to the bottom of the harbor. Captain Charles Pickering and most of the 150-man crew were saved by other blockading ships close by. Pickering and some of the sailors were injured, but five of its crewman died in the explosion or by drowning. We remember the two officers and three crewmen who died in the sinking of the USS Housatonic that fateful night: Ensign Edward C. Hazeltine, Captain's Clerk Charles O. Muzzey, Quartermaster John Williams, Landsman Theodore Parker, and Second-Class Fireman John Walsh. Parts of the wreckage of the ship were scrapped and salvaged from the water over the years, but her remains were so small by the 1890s that they were removed from coastal charts. Her anchor was salvaged and is displayed on Isle of Palms, just inshore from the wrecks of many of the blockade runners she helped foil. As nothing remained above the water, she was almost lost to history. But, her last tragedy came to life again over a century later when the H.L. Hunley was found, and we now remember the American warship and her lost crewmembers once again. #FlashbackFriday #FindYourPark #Charleston #fortsumter #USSHousatonic #HLHunley #fortmoultrie #nationalparkservice
Looking out to where the Civil War started... #charlestonharbor #fortsumter #kenburnsmoodmusic
Fort Johnson was originally built in 1708 to defend Charleston Harbor and rebuilt in 1759 for use as a British military post. After the fort fell into disrepair due to tidal surges, it rose again in 1793 under orders of Governor William Moultrie. It is most notably remembered as a Confederate earthen fort used from 1860 to 1865. The first shot of the Civil War was fired from Fort Johnson on April 12, 1861. Much of the rich history of this place can be found in history books. What physically remains to this day are two cisterns once used for water storage and a 19th century power magazine, which are accompanied by an historical marker that commemorates the site. The public can visit the site to see these remnants. #nationalparkservice #fortsumter #fortmoultrie #fortjohnson #history Photos: NPS\Hansen
Walking around Liberty Square you might see some large red and yellow wild mushroom clustered underneath some of the trees. These appear to be (Lanmaoa pseudosensibilis), a fungus of the family Boletaceae, that are native to the United States and usually grows in the summer and fall seasons around oak trees. Photo: NPS/Tejada #nationalparkservice #fortmoultrie #fortsumter #mushrooms
I would rather be in the water than on the boat. #fortSumter #oceanlove
Having family in Charleston is just the worst 🤣 Thank you @annafaenza ... we just wish you had been there 😘 #jamesonfamilyontheroad #unclemattandbabygus #babygussnuggles #follybeach #firsttimeintheatlantic #hellsurfwherever #walkingandeatingandtouring #fortsumter
Abolitionist John Brown attacked the US arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia (now West Virginia) #OTD in 1859. His raid was defeated by US Marines under the command of Colonel Robert E. Lee, failed to accomplish his goal of sparking an armed slave revolt. It did, however, further polarize people in the North and South over the issue of slavery. John Brown was tried, convicted, and hanged for treason against the Commonwealth of Virginia, even though his offenses occurred on federal property. Reactions to his execution further highlighted the widening gulf between North and South. Edmund Ruffin, later one of the first Confederates to fire at Fort Sumter, witnessed Brown's execution. He later mailed pikes, that were carried by Brown and his followers, to Southern governors as physical reminders of the threat to the institution of slavery by armed abolitionists. #nationalparkservice #fortsumter #fortmoultrie #civilwar
A lighthouse different from most lighthouse’s I am familiar with. This one is on Sullivan’s Island at the mouth of Charleston, SC Harbor. This is part of Fort Sumter National Monument. Trip to Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina. So much history here. #fortsumternationalmonument #fortsumternm #fortsumter #civilwar #uscivilwar #charlestonsouthcarolina #charlestonsc #southcarolina #charlestonharbor #ushistory #ftsumter #lighthouse #charlestonlighthouse #southcarolinalighthouse #southcarolinalighthouses #sullivansisland #sullivansislandlighthouse #sullivansislsndsouthcarolina #livingthedream
#Repost @faith_family_fitness_food (@get_repost ) ・・・ This is #castlepinckney #shutesfollyisland In my mind I'm like, hmmmm... Teddy bear 🐻 head. 🤷🏽‍♂️🤦🏽‍♂️ It was breath taking flying above the same location that men lost their lives fighting during the War of 1812 and the Civil War. Over 150 (I think) prisoners of war were held captive here from the Union by the Confederates. Ohhhh... there's also a pelican habitat on this island 🌴 #charleston #sc #fortsumter
what a beautiful day today. thank you for spending more time exploring with me @ben.davis1660 #fall 🍁#iloveyou #makingmemories #explorecharleston #southcarolina #fortsumter #ussyorktown #navy
If these walls could talk...🇺🇸 #fortsumter
Sunday Funday 🌅 omsailingcharters.com
As our ferry pulled away from Patriots Point we were treated to a close up view of the USS Yorktown. Charleston harbor is the permanent home of this retired war machine. . . Our ferry set off to the mouth of harbor where the bloodiest war in US history began. On April 12, 1861 Confederate Militia began a bombardment on the US Military which was occupying Fort Sumter. This attack signified the start of the American Civil War. . After 34 hours of shelling the US military surrendered to the confederate militia. Rebels raised the Palmetto flag above Fort Sumter, the first flag to fly for the confederacy. . . In 1865 the Union would get its revenge on the South when General Sherman swept through Atlanta and Columbia, burning them both to the ground. South Carolinians would surrender before the same fate fell on Charleston, preserving the historical district that still stands today. . . . . #charleston #charlestonsc #southcarolina #ussyorktown #fortsumter #history #civilwar
Everything about the Swamp Angel was big. The gun emplacement, built in a marsh, was a feat of engineering. The sandbags alone totaled 13,000. The gun was an 8-inch Parrott rifle weighing 16,500 lbs., capable of firing a 150 lb. shell four and a half miles using a charge of sixteen pounds of powder. It was the first known artillery to use a compass to aim. The target: Charleston. Charleston was a fortified city that contained munition plants, supplied the surrounding defenses and gave safe haven to blockade runners bringing in vital war supplies. Union commander, Major General Quincy Gillmore, had grown frustrated in his attempt to capture Charleston. Forts Moultrie and Sumter were effective in keeping the U. S. Navy out of the harbor and Confederate forces had stalled his effort to capture Charleston by land. On August 21, 1863, he sent a letter to the Confederate commander, General P. G. T. Beauregard, demanding he evacuate Morris Island and Fort Sumter or he would begin shelling the city. Beauregard was disinclined to acquiesce to the demand. At 1:30 a.m. on August 22, Charleston, where the ordinance of secession had been signed, received her first visit from the Swamp Angel. Sixteen rounds, twelve of which were incendiary fell on the city. The next day twenty more rounds were sent. But on the last shot the gun did what Parrot rifles were prone to do; it blew up. The breech separated from the gun which landed atop the sandbag parapet. Gillmore did not replace it and the shelling stopped. It is hard to see what had been accomplished in shelling Charleston. While it must have been satisfying for the Union to shell the city where the secession began it had the effect of making the Confederates that much more determined to resist. It would be another year and a half before the city would be in Union hands. Today, the Swamp Angel is part of a Civil War monument in Trenton, NJ. #nationalparkservice #fortsumter #fortmoultrie #swampangel
Another day, another beach. #fortsumter #lighthouse #beach #idontmissstlweather
Still enjoying Charleston. I’ll recommend Charleston as a vacation destination. Blog post on Charleston adventures to come!
#Charleston antebellum house on the Battery overlooking the harbor and #fortsumter . First time to be sold in 5 generations . #charlestonrealestate #downtowncharleston #lowcountry 31 E battery Tag someone who needs to be living in downtown Charleston antebellum elegance . Link in profile
Charleston, South Carolina 🇺🇲🇺🇲 #usa #trip #charleston #southcarolina #quaint #fortsumter
October 13 marks the birthday of the US Navy, which traces its roots back to the early days of the American Revolution. At the outset of the Civil War, the US Navy was composed of about 90 ships. Only about 40 of which were close to combat-capable. The Union Navy grew to comprise more than six hundred ships by 1865, the largest in the world at the time. #nationalparkservice #fortmoultrie #fortsumter #navy #birthday #otd
At Fort Sumter in Charleston this beautiful October day.
Continued from last week: The Union blockade, a naval strategy never before attempted by the US, was intended to strangle the Confederacy by cutting off the ability to import much-needed supplies and arms and to export goods. The naval blockade was part of LTG Winfield Scott’s 1861 so-called Anaconda Plan. The Navy’s mission required monitoring over 3,500 miles of coastline on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, dotted with many ports, including Charleston. The Anaconda Plan was put into place in hopes that it would quickly take effect and bring the Confederate states to peaceful terms without fighting a long war. By the end of 1861, the Union Navy had purchased and built enough vessels to grow to 671 ships, making it the largest navy in the world. Over the course of the war, many blockade runners, which are vessels that run or attempts to run into or out of a blockaded port, made many successful trips. However, the tighter the grip grew, the more vessels were lost. In the end, there were over 1,500 blockade runners destroyed or captured, severely impacting Confederate imports and exports. As the Union Navy grew, more ports were closed and/or captured. By the end of 1862, only three remained: Wilmington, NC; Mobile, AL; and Charleston, SC. Around Charleston Harbor, many Union ships participated in the blockade, the isolation of Charleston, the siege of Fort Sumter and the attack on Battery Wagner. One major player in the sieges was the 200-foot USS Housatonic. Much of the damage to the walls of Fort Sumter was caused by this powerful warship. The USS Housatonic captured many blockade runners and helped set up the North’s eventual capture of the city; followed closely by the end of the war. But this fight did not lack Southern push back. The Confederacy fought back with the development and deployment of the submarine, the HL Hunley. The Housatonic would help set things up for the end of the war, but would not be around for the finale, as it became the Hunley’s first and last victim. Check back next week to learn more about what happened to the USS Housatonic and its crew that fateful night of February 17, 1864. #flashbackfriday #nationalparkservice #fortsumter
After Tropical Storm Michael #fortsumter #fortmoultrie #beachbum
Downtown Charleston great view #fortsumter
On a Fall Break trip? Can’t be as “rad” as this one. #7thgradetrip #barrierislands #follybeach #fortsumter #ecology #weteachcourage #outsidefourwalls
I finally managed to play the #gloomhaven solo campaign for my sweet sweet scoundrel. The campaign book is not wrong: those solo missions are extremely hard and it took me a second try to take down some massive golems and loot my awesome new item! Afterwards a short game of #fortsumter with my mate Jan (who owns a boardgame collection most stores would be jealous of) closed the evening with a clear victory for the confeds. 👍🏻 . . . #bgg #brettspiele #meeplemaniacs #boardgamegeek #boardgame #boardgames #gaming #tabletop #scoundrel
On the island with Fort Sumter there is a single red fire hydrant outside the front gate. Not something I expected to see there. Trip to Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina. So much history here. #fortsumternationalmonument #fortsumternm #fortsumter #civilwar #uscivilwar #charlestonsouthcarolina #charlestonsc #southcarolina #charlestonharbor #ushistory #ftsumter #firehydrant
5 Years ago the couple on the right got engaged on board OM which was also the very FIRST charter!! Time flies and so happy to have them back on board with a new addition. 😁Truly making memories that last a lifetime. ❤️🙏🏻💫🎊🎉
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