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Anderson, Robert (1805-1871) to Francis W. Pickens re: firing on supply vessel [with portrait]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01351 Author/Creator: Anderson, Robert (1805-1871) Place Written: Fort Sumter, South Carolina Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1861/01/09 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: "A true copy" - attestation by Anderson. (Souvenir copy). Written after Oct. 1861 (and before Feb. 1863). The U.S.S. Star of the West had been fired upon. With small engraved portrait of Anderson.


Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Civil War, Military History, Union Forces, Confederate States of America, Fort Sumter, Fortification, Military Supplies, Navy

Sub Era: The American Civil War