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

Charleston Besieged

 
 
Charleston Besieged Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 3, 2010
1. Charleston Besieged Marker
Inscription. In 1861 the port of Charleston prospered. Keeping the city open to trade was crucial for Confederate survival. Confederate forts in Charleston Harbor - including Fort Sumter - protected Charleston throughout the war despite Union blockade, warship attack, and two years of bombardment and siege.

Despite military conflict in the harbor, relative peace prevailed in the city until 1863, when Union forces captured nearby Morris Island and began shelling Charleston. This was a deliberate bombardment of civilians; the North hated Charleston for leading the secessionist movement and firing the first shots of the war. The Union bombardment, along with a devastating fire in 1861 and other fires set by evacuating Southern forces in February 1865, destroyed much of the lower city.
 
Erected by Fort Sumter National Monument, South Carolina - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 32° 45.14′ N, 79° 52.482′ W. Marker is near Charleston, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Touch 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.
Charleston Besieged Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 4, 2013
2. Charleston Besieged Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Johnson (here, next to this marker); Fort Moultrie (a few steps from this marker); Flags of the Fort (a few steps from this marker); Morris Island (a few steps from this marker); Fort Sumter Today (a few steps from this marker); Fort Sumter 1861-65 (a few steps from this marker); Battery Huger (a few steps from this marker); Major Robert Anderson (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charleston.
 
More about this marker. In the lower half of the marker is a contemporary sketch showing the Citizens of Charleston watch as ironclad Union warships attack Fort Sumter on April 7, 1863. In the upper right is a photo of Charleston shortly after the 1865 evacuation. February 1865, looking south down Meeting Street: "A city of ruins, of desolation, of vacant houses, of widowed women, of rotting wharves, of deserted warehouses, of wee-wild gardens, of miles of grass-grown streets, of acres of pitiful and voiceful barrenness - this is Charleston, wherein Rebellion loftily reared its head five years ago." -Sidney Andrews, northern newspaper correspondent.
 
Also see . . .  Directions to Fort Sumter. The only way to reach the fort is by boat. Most visitors use the Spirit Line Cruises, although
Markers Overlooking Charleston Harbor image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 3, 2010
3. Markers Overlooking Charleston Harbor
private boats are allowed. (Submitted on May 16, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Charleston's Waterfront image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 3, 2010
4. Charleston's Waterfront
Looking from the ferry-boat returning from Fort Sumter. Charleston's storied downtown area survived the war, and revived afterwords to once again become a thriving seaport.
Charleston in Distance image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, February 18, 2010
5. Charleston in Distance
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 16, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 827 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on May 16, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on August 18, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   3, 4. submitted on May 16, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   5. submitted on August 10, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.
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