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Unknown Fort Sumpter

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06158.13 Author/Creator: Unknown Place Written: s.l. Type: Broadside Date: 1861 Pagination: 1 p. ; 29.8 x 11.4 cm.

Summary of Content: Printed text of patriotic Confederate song celebrating the taking of Fort Sumter. Details events of the bombardment, including the death of two Union soldiers during Anderson's final salute to the United States flag. Illustrated with the first Confederate national flag flying in the breeze. Sung to the tune of "Dearest Mae." The chorus warns "Uncle Abe...ne'er invade our Southern soil."

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Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarMilitary HistoryConfederate States of AmericaDeathAmerican FlagMusicBattle of Fort SumterFort SumterFortificationBattlePresidentUnion Forces

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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