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Attack Upon Fort Sumter April 12th. & 13th. 1861, by the Southern Rebels.
1861
Printer:Printed by E.B. & E.C. Kellogg , American, 1840 - 1867
Publisher:Published by E.B. & E.C. Kellogg , American, 1840 - 1867
Publisher:Published by George Whiting , American, 1820 - 1862
Lithography; printer's ink and watercolor on wove paper
Primary Dimensions (image height x width): 8 5/16 x 12 15/16in. (21.1 x 32.9cm) Sheet (height x width): 10 x 14in. (25.4 x 35.6cm)
Credit Line: Museum purchase
Description: Soldiers in uniform fire cannons at a stone fort on an island in the distance. A flag with a palmetto tree on it flies at the far right. Two men carry off a wounded comrade. Two other soldiers collapse near the nearest gun. Cannon balls and sandbags are piled in the foreground. An American flag flies from the fort in the harbor, largely obscured by cannon smoke. White lines show the trajectories of cannonballs, and white puffs of smoke show where shells are exploding in the air. The city of Charleston is barely visible on the horizon in the distance. A floating battery is in the right background.
Subject Note: The composition is from the Southern point of view. The flag with a palmetto at the right is the flag of South Carolina. Fort Sumter, which is being defended by United States troops, is in the background. (Finlay 8/1/2003)
Inscription: On recto, lithographed title beneath image, "ATTACK UPON FORT SUMTER APRIL 12TH. & 13TH. 1861, BY THE SOUTHERN REBELS. / UNDER COMMAND OF GENERAL BEAUREGARD. [leaf ornament]" Llithographed labels beneath image, "Cummings Point. Fort Sumter. Charleston. Fort Moultrie. Floating Battery." On verso,accession number at lower left.
Object Number: 1998.114.0
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