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The Battle of Fort Sumter
August 17-December 31, 1863

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Other Names: Charleston Harbor, Morris Island
Location: City of Charleston
Campaign: Operations against Defenses of Charleston (1863)

Principal Commanders:
Union: Maj. Gen. Quincy Gillmore [US]
Confederate: Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard [CS]

Forces Engaged: Morris Island Batteries [US]; Fort Sumter Garrison

Estimated Casualties: Unknown

Description: Federal batteries erected on Morris Island opened fire on August 17 and continued their bombardment of Fort Sumter and the Charleston defenses until August 23. Despite a severe pounding, Fort Sumterís garrison held out. Siege operations continued against Fort Wagner on Morris Island.

National Park Service
The Civil War, American Heritage (Doubleday, 1960)



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