Following the American Civil War Sesquicentennial with day by day writings of the time, currently 1863.

Fight at Charleston.

April 7, 2013

Library of Congress,Miscellaneous document sources

April 7th The great fight at Charleston S.C.  1863 31065u

The great fight at Charleston S.C. April, 7th 1863: between 9 United States “Iron-Clads,” under the command of Admiral DuPont; and Forts Sumter, Moultrie, and the Cummings Point Batteries in possession of the Rebels.  The Iron-Clads carried only 32 guns, while the Rebel Forts mounted over 300 of the heaviest calibre, but notwithstanding the great odds, the little Iron-clads went bravely into the  fight, and for nearly two hours were under the most terrible fire ever witnessed on this earth, but being unable to reach Charleston on account of obstructions in the harbor, the Admiral reluctantly gave the order for the battle to cease, and the fleet to retire from the unequal contest. – The Keokuk was the only Iron-clad disabled in the fight.

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