|Iconic new suspension bridge over the river.|
|Fort Sumter from the inside.|
Fort Sumter was an interesting step back in time. So many of the details from the Civil War are missing from my memory banks, if indeed they were ever there. The Union army took over Fort Sumter (on a little island of sand in the middle of the harbor) and all of its many cannons. So many in fact that they couldn't operate them all, there weren't enough men. The newly seceded Southerners saw this as an act of aggression and responded by bombarding the fort for almost two days with cannon balls, the new rifled points and 'hot' shots - cannon balls that had been heated to red hot, intended to set wooden structures on fire. One of the hot shots crashed through the officer's quarters which were just above the powder room. The union soldiers could keep firing cannons back at the rebels, or they could fight the fire, but not both. So the Union gave up, and oddly went home as heroes. Not long after, the war was fully underway and the Union returned to take over Charleston (and also Savannah) sparing both those cities the disastrous consequences that other cities in the South suffered later on.
|Some modern pastel construction....|