Fort Sumter standing majestically in Charleston's harbor, where the first shot of the Civil War was fired. This fort stood more bombarding than any other fort in the world before Port Arthur.
Fort Sumter National Monument
Charleston, South Carolina
42-pounder smoothbore cannon such as these were used by Federal Forces when Confederates bombardedthe Fort in April 1861. Existing cannon were modified for 1861-1865 use after Confederates garrisoned the Fort. Massive arch construction in these rooms helped protect the soldiers.
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