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Currier & Ives Bombardment of Fort Sumter, Charleston Harbor

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02881.15 Author/Creator: Currier & Ives Place Written: New York, New York Type: Print Date: circa 1861 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Hand colored lithograph published by Currier & Ives at 152 Nassau Street, New York. Print is mounted. View of Fort Sumter under heavy bombardment and returning fire. The United States flag stands tall in the center of the print. Fort Moultrie and Cummings Point are labeled below the image. Dimensions refer to the item unmounted.


Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Civil War, Military History, Art, Music, Theater, and Film, Union Forces, Navy, Fortification Battle, Fort Sumter

Sub Era: The American Civil War