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One location, many memorials — Fort Moultrie and Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina

Like most visitors to Charleston, South Carolina, a trip to Fort Sumter was high on my list of tourist destinations. There is one concessionaire for getting a boat to the island in Charleston Harbor where the Fort Sumter National Monument is located. Show More Summary

Today in U.S. Naval History: April 9

Today in U.S. Naval History - April 9 1861 - Second relief convoy for Fort Sumter left New York 1941 - Commissioning of USS North Carolina, which carried

Inside the American Id: Chilling With the South’s New Secessionists

4 months agoPop Culture / Celebrity : Gawker

The opening shot, the Fort Sumter of the newest campaign to take back Dixie, was a billboard. Months ago it appeared on the parkway in Tallahassee, just east of the Capitol, positioned so you could see it and the edifice of Florida government side-by-side, the sun popping off both of them together at daybreak. Show More Summary

The Parapet: 1865

1865. Charleston, South Carolina. "Beacon on parapet of Fort Sumter." The light at the end of the charnel. Wet plate negative by Samuel A. Cooley. View full size.

Brit Books: Circle Line – Around London in a Small Boat, by Steffan Meyric Hughes

This book is about boats. I can’t even remember the last time I traveled by boat… maybe last summer when I took a ferry to Fort Sumter in Charleston, SC with my son’s Cub Scout troop? (Doesa a ferry count as a boat?!) Since my opportunities...Show More Summary

In Case You Missed It - Fort Sumter September 9, 1863

From this morning's AP news brief Today marks the 150th anniversary of the only Union attempt to storm the South Carolina fort where the Civil War began — an attack doomed to failure by rivalries between commanders, poor planning and the fact the Confederates knew exactly what was coming. The September. Show More Summary

Gettysburg’s LIVE Codori Barn Webcam

Since I posted a link to the webcam for Fort Sumter, over two years ago, I figured I should post the webcam for Gettysburg. As I mention in the title, this webcam is posted atop the Codori Barn, looking toward the Virginia Monument (you can see it in the distance, toward the left). Here’s the link. […]

Cannons That Started American Civil War Back in Rightful Place

View of Fort Sumter from Fort Moultrie © Matt Drobnik As any home improvement store salesperson will tell you, a fresh coat of paint makes a world of difference. Apparently that also holds true for historic cannons as well. The cannons at Fort Moultrie in South Carolina did not receive a garish makeover or a [...]

Mine Eyes

On this day in history, I note, the South started the Civil War by shelling Fort Sumter, South Carolina. The war, which went on for four years, was over the “peculiar institution” of slavery, and ended with over 350,000 Americans dying in battle (as did over 300,000 Confederates). Show More Summary

What Happens When You Assume

Stockton, California, could become the Fort Sumter of a long and bloody war over the primacy of federal vs. state laws. A federal judge ruled the city can file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy, opening up a can of worms about which creditors will get paid and which will get stiffed. The city’s largest creditor is [...]

Crisis at Fort Sumter: The Simulation

Earlier this week my class took part in a simulation that required them to advise the President on what to do with the Federal garrison at Fort Sumter.  Below is the assignment and the list of documents that they used to construct their essays.  The discussion went extremely well.  One thing that I will do [...]

Fort Sumter National Monument – Charleston, South Carolina

For history buffs who visit Charleston, South Carolina one of the must-see sites is Fort Sumner which lies in the mouth of the harbor. This tiny brick fort on an island not [...] The post Fort Sumter National Monument – Charleston, South Carolina appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.

The View From Virginia in 1861

I am putting the finishing touches on my Crisis at Fort Sumter simulation, which my students will work on throughout this week and present next Tuesday.  Thanks to those of you who offered suggestions on primary and secondary sources.  One of the documents that I am including comes from William Freehling and Craig Simpson’s edited [...]

Crowdsourcing Lincoln and Fort Sumter Classroom Simulation

Time for a little crowdsourcing in preparation for a simulation on Lincoln and Fort Sumter that my students will perform a week from this coming Tuesday.  The overall idea is to have my students play the role of cabinet advisers and I, of course, will play Lincoln.  Since I only have nine students we should [...]

Gadgets and Gimmicks of the Civil War

During the first few weeks of April 1861, even before the smoke of Fort Sumter had faded, the greatest assemblage of hucksters in the nation’s young history began hawking an eclectic variety of wares. The mid-19th century, with its rapid proliferation of daily newspapers and the penny press, marked the first time people recognized the [...]

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South Carolina goes for Romney! Washington in flames! A Tea Partier's dream! It's like Fort Sumter all over again!

Canon of Fort Sumter – Charleston, South Carolina – Daily Photo

My wife doesn’t get why I like to visit an old fort like Fort Sumter in the harbor of Charleston, South Carolina. “What do you see?”, she wanted to know. I guess [...] Related posts: Mural at Charleston City Market – Charleston, South...Show More Summary

This Day in Naval History - April 12

1861 - The Civil War begins when Confederates fire on Fort Sumter, S.C. 1911 - Lt. Theodore Ellyson qualifies as the first naval aviator. 1962 - The Navy demonstrates a new landing craft,

National Park Service Launches New Civil War Website

2 years agoLifestyle / Travel : Gadling

On April 12, 1861, exactly 151 years ago today, Confederate forces attacked Fort Sumter in South Carolina officially igniting the American Civil War. What followed was four years of brutal fighting that would not only decide the fate of over 4 million slaves, but also the very future of the nation. Show More Summary

How Mitt Lost South Carolina

South Carolina, where Fort Sumter stands as an enduring monument to not quite thinking things through, has gone and done something hot-headed again. Let’s hope this time it won’t result in four more years of a destructive presidency....Show More Summary

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