Battle of Fort Sumter

Part of the Operations in Charleston Harbor (April 1861)

Battle Summary
Date 04/12/1861 - 04/14/1861
Location Charleston harbor, Charleston, SC
Result Confederate victory
Flag of the United States United States
Flag of Confederate States of America CSA (Confederacy)
Maj. Robert Anderson Brig. Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard
Forces Engaged
1st United States Artillery Provisional Forces of the Confederate States
85 500
Source: Wikipedia: Battle of Fort Sumter
Casualties and losses
Synopsis of the battle:
"On April 10, 1861, Brig. Gen. Beauregard, in command of the provisional Confederate forces at Charleston, South Carolina, demanded the surrender of the Union garrison of Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor. Garrison commander Anderson refused. On April 12, Confederate batteries opened fire on the fort, which was unable to reply effectively. At 2:30 pm, April 13, Major Anderson surrendered Fort Sumter, evacuating the garrison on the following day. The bombardment of Fort Sumter was the opening engagement of the American Civil War. Although there were no casualties during the bombardment, one Union artillerist was killed and three wounded (one mortally) when a cannon exploded prematurely while firing a salute during the evacuation on April 14."

Source: CWSAC Battle Summary - Fort Sumter

Status of the Battlefield:
The battlefield has been preserved.

The Battle of Fort Sumter battlefield has been preserved by the National Parks Service and is part of the Fort Sumter National Monument.

Visit the official park web site at Fort Sumter National Monument
Surviving earthworks: Unknown

Aids for your visit to the battlefield:
Is there a battlefield app? Unknown
Map of the Battlefield showing the locations of the markers? Unknown

Park where the battlefield has been preserved:

Notes / Comments:
Fort Sumter is a Third System masonry sea fort located in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina.

Monuments Documented:
There are 0 monuments documented by CWBFM on the battlefield.

More Information • • •
  1. Wikipedia: Battle of Fort Sumter ( Submitted on 08/13/2014 by ). change
  2. Civil War Trust: Fort Sumter ( Submitted on 08/13/2014 by ). change
  3. CWSAC: Fort Sumter ( Submitted on 08/13/2014 by ). change
  4. Fort Sumter ( Submitted on 08/13/2014 by ). change

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