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Perine, George Edward (1837-1885) [Charcoal illustration of the bombardment of Fort Sumter, South Carolina]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04408 Author/Creator: Perine, George Edward (1837-1885) Place Written: s.l. Type: Sketch Date: circa April 1861 Pagination: 1 sketch : b&w ; 57.4 x 34 cm.

Summary of Content: Depicts the 12-13 April Confederate attack on Fort Sumter. Illustrates cannonballs soaring toward the Fort, which was situated in Charleston Harbor. Reveals firing cannons emerging from windows of the Fort as smoke billows above the building. An American flag remains flying on the roof of the Fort. The outline of a city (possibly Charleston, South Carolina) is evident in the background. Possibly created by an eyewitness, and reveals similarity to other depictions of the battle that were published in Harper's Weekly.


Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: BattleCivil WarMilitary HistoryUnion ForcesConfederate States of AmericaFortificationFort SumterBattle of Fort SumterArt, Music, Theater, and FilmAmerican FlagArtillery

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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