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Charleston in Charleston County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Night Attack

 
 
Night Attack Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 3, 2010
1. Night Attack Marker
Inscription. This corner of the fort was the site of the only attempt by Union forces to storm Fort Sumter during the Civil War.

On the night of September 8, 1863, a Union tugboat towed 500 sailors and marines in small boats to within 400 yards of Fort Sumter, then cast them loose to assault the fort. But the Confederates expected the attack. As the leading boats landed, the defenders opened fire, hurling grenades and bricks down upon the assailants. Guns of Fort Moultrie and the Confederate gunboat Chicora opened fire. The remaining boats retreated and 124 Union men stranded here were killed, wounded, or captured.

For the next sixteen months, Union forces continued to bombard Fort Sumter, but never attempted another landing.
 
Erected by Fort Sumter National Monument, South Carolina - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 32° 45.114′ N, 79° 52.459′ W. Marker is in Charleston, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Click for map. Marker is located at Fort Sumter National Monument and only reached by boat. See links below for more information about access to the site. Marker is in this post office area: Charleston SC 29412, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance
Night Attack Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 4, 2013
2. Night Attack Marker
of this marker. Mountain Howitzer (here, next to this marker); Star of the West (a few steps from this marker); Ironclads Attack (within shouting distance of this marker); Swamp Angel (within shouting distance of this marker); Blockade Runners (within shouting distance of this marker); Major Robert Anderson (within shouting distance of this marker); Morris Island (within shouting distance of this marker); 8-inch (200 Pounder) Parrott (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Charleston.
 
More about this marker. The background of the marker is a contemporary sketch depicting the assault.
 
Also see . . .  Directions to Fort Sumter. The only way to reach the fort is by boat. Most visitors use the Spirit Line Cruises, although private boats are allowed. (Submitted on May 15, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Markers on the Southern Corner of Fort Sumter image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 3, 2010
3. Markers on the Southern Corner of Fort Sumter
Exterior of Fort Sumter image. Click for more information.
4. Exterior of Fort Sumter
This photo, taken just after the fort's evacuation by Confederates in 1865, shows the debris and obstacles which confronted the landing party.
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Outside of Fort Sumter image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 3, 2010
5. Outside of Fort Sumter
Looking over the wall of Fort Sumter today. The wall of the fort, reconstructed after the war, rests upon a foundation which is covered at high tide. Debris, such as the pipes seen here, cover the foundation.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 772 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   5. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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