Charleston in Charleston County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Flags of the Fort
The First official flag of the Confederacy, known as the "Stars and Bars," or "First National," was raised in April 1861 when Southern forces occupied Fort Sumter at the start of the Civil War.
Flying at the far left, the United States flag with thirty-three stars was the flag of the Union garrison which occupied the fort from December 1860 until Confederate bombardment forced their surrender in mid-April 1861.
The color and symbols of the South Carolina state flag represent important events in South Carolina's military history.
Early South Carolina regiments wore blue uniforms with a silver crescent on their caps. In 1776, a flag with a silver crescent on a blue field flew over the palmetto log fort on Sullivan's Island, now the site of Fort Moultrie. In a key Revolutionary War battle, the small garrison of the palmetto log fort repulsed an attack by British warships; the white palmetto tree on the blue field
The flag was officially adopted in 1861 and is still used today.
The second official Confederate flag, called the "Second National," replaced the first banner in 1863. It flew over the fort until Confederate troops withdrew from all Charleston harbor defenses in February 1865.
The United States flag at the far right was raised in February, 1865 when Union forces reoccupied the fort at the end of the Civil War. Note the 35 stars; two new states, Kansas and West Virginia, had joined the Union during the war.
Erected by Fort Sumter National Monument, South Carolina - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. 32° 45.137′ N, 79° 52.473′ W. Marker is in Charleston, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker is located at Fort Sumter National Monument and only reached by boat. See links below for more information about access to the site. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Charleston SC 29412, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Moultrie (here, next to this marker); Major Robert Anderson (here, next to this marker); Morris Island (a few steps from this marker); Charleston Besieged (a few steps from this Fort Johnson (a few steps from this marker); 8-inch (200 Pounder) Parrott (a few steps from this marker); Fort Sumter Today (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Sumter 1861-65 (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charleston.
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 17, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 17, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,052 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on May 17, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 2. submitted on August 18, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 3. submitted on May 17, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 4. submitted on August 18, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 5. submitted on May 18, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 6. submitted on August 18, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 7. submitted on May 18, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.