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

White Point Battery–Charleston, December 24, 1863

December 24, 2013

Miscellaneous document sources,Paintings of Conrad Wise Chapman

white point battery, Charleston Harber - 1863

Painting by Conrad Wise Chapman.

“This shows the whole harbor, and is an exact reproduction.  There can be seen Castle Pinckney; Fort Moultrie; Fort Sumter; Fort Johnson; and the Yankee batteries off Johnson Island; also a wooden fort, somewhat resembling a ship, in the harbor. General Beauregard may be seen, with one of the Engineers going over the plans.  Two big guns were brought to Charleston, at great expense, from England; one exploded, and is shown in the picture; it was always referred to as ‘the big gun,’ and although it often ploughed up the water, the damage done by it, if any, was very slight.  This painting is a copy of a large study of the same subject made by the artist for Mrs. Slocum of New Orleans, one of Louisiana’s ante-bellum governors; it was a very successful picture.” – Conrad Wise Chapman, 1898

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