Thursday, April 14, 2011

Fort Sumter Surrenders

Ruins of the Fort
Today, 150 years ago, Fort Sumter was surrendered. After almost being reinforced from the sea and after a two day siege, it had fallen to the fierce bombardment. The fort was officially handed over at 2:30 pm. One term Anderson requested in the surrender is that a 100 gun salute be given to the American flag. While this was being done, a spark ignited a pile of ammunition, exploding and injuring a gun crew. Private Daniel Hough was killed instantly, and Private Edward Gallway died a few days later. These were the first casualties of the war, since no one was killed during the siege.


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