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The Jury Flag Staff Erected by Gen. Anderson

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05137.085 Author/Creator: Place Written: Charleston, South Carolina Type: Photograph Date: 1861/04/14 Pagination: 1 stereocard

Summary of Content: Quinby & Co., Charleston, S.C., publisher. An extensive caption describes the surrender of Fort Sumter, and the ceremonial discharge of a cannon saluting the U.S. flag as it was being lowered, which killed two men and injured several more. Shows the star and bars flying from the flag pole.

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Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarMilitary HistoryUnion ForcesBattle of Fort SumterFort SumterAmerican FlagSurrenderDeathInjury or WoundFortification

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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