Browsing All posts tagged under »Fort Sumter«

Reverse the Circumstances

April 24, 2011 by


I’m not much into alternative history, because there may be an infinite number of forks in the road, but this is entertaining… and a take on things, from April 1861… (it appeared in the April 23, 1861 edition of the Staunton Spectator). Reverse the Circumstances. If there were any reason left amongst the people of […]

Henry A. Wise… traitor to Virginia?

April 20, 2011 by


So, did Henry A. Wise betray Virginia? Give it some thought. Yes, we can see that Virginia was riding a fine line. There were secessionists; there were Unionists… and among the Unionists, we can see a wide range of what it meant to be a Unionist. We have the unconditional Unionists, who were not budging […]

… because of Lincoln’s call for troops…

April 15, 2011 by


A thought… How many folks say that their ancestors joined the Confederate army because Lincoln made the call for 75,000 troops? Just curious, but, how many of those ancestors actually enlisted in the spring and early summer of 1861? Also, while the idea of coercion did stir the blood (and/or concern) of many a Southerner… […]

The flag of the United States, lowered in surrender

April 14, 2011 by


I’m about 10 hours early on this, but it was on this day, 150 years ago, at 2:30 p.m, that Sumter surrendered… … and the flag of the United States was lowered from atop a U.S. military fort. Now, this is where I’m breaking-off from the type of posts that I’ve done for the past […]

The colors aloft again…

April 13, 2011 by


Hall rescued the precious bunting before it took fire. Peter Hart carried it, with the piece of the staff, and fastened it, where the soiled banner was kept flying defiantly.

Saving the colors…

April 13, 2011 by


The heat and vapor became stifling in the fort, yet the exhausted garrison kept the old flag flying. Eight times its staff had been hit without serious injury; but at near 2 P.M. that day the staff was shot off near the peak, and, with the flag, fell among the gleaming cinders. Lieutenant Hall rescued […]

“Important Speech of President Lincoln to the Virginia Commissioners.”

April 13, 2011 by


Washington, April 13, 1861 The Virginia Commissioners were formally received to-day. They presented the resolutions under which they were appointed. In reply to Messrs. Preston, Stuart and Randolph, the Commissioners, Mr. Lincoln said: – GENTLEMEN – As a commission of the Virginia Convention, now in session, you present me a preamble and resolution in these […]

Ft. Sumter Webcam, from Sullivan’s Island

April 12, 2011 by


Join us in watching day break over Fort Sumter. The webcam from Sullivan’s Island can be accessed => here. Thoughts, reflections, discussion, as we see Sumter come into better view, on this 150th anniversary of the bombardment? The floor is open…

“manifestly futile and not within the scope of the instructions verbally given to us”

April 12, 2011 by


3 a.m. Major Robert Anderson announces his conditions, essentially refusing to surrender.

Her last hours over Sumter…

April 11, 2011 by


The garrison flag, seen below, was actually replaced by the storm flag a few days prior to the bombardment. Nonetheless, it flew in defiance in the days leading up to the bombardment. Enjoy… *Image from the National Park Service’s site, Symbols of Honor.

Modern realities vs. Sesquicentennial remembrance

April 6, 2011 by


No need to lecture me. I get it. In the big scheme of things, the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War is hardly on the radar when we consider some bigger issues facing us in these times. Yet, for those like myself, who have been looking forward to this time in our lifetime, for years, […]

Virginia newspapers “doing harm” to sentiments of disunion

February 4, 2011 by


As Ron Baumgarten pointed out in his post the other day over at “All Not So Quiet on the Potomac”, today marks the 150th anniversary of Virginians voting for delegates to the Virginia Convention of 1861. By the time of the vote, seven states from the deep South had seceded; Texas being the most recent, […]

Recent reenactments and the media

January 23, 2011 by


We’ve seen a couple reenactments lately, and they haven’t been reenactments of battles. The slave auction reenactment, I think, was high impact. It continues to make an impression on YouTube, but honestly, there are a couple of videos available, and the best is one (=>see a post from a few days ago, in which I […]