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Charleston, S.C. Federal squadron dressed with flags for the anniversary of Maj. Robert Anderson’s surrender (1861) seen from a parapet of Fort Sumter

Photographs of the Federal Navy, and seaborne expeditions against the Atlantic Coast of the Confederacy, specifically of Charleston, S.C., 1863-1865.

Coonley, Jacob F., photographer
Created / Published 1865 April 14.

Storm Flag Raised At Fort Sumter

The Fort Sumter Flag is a historic United States flag with a distinctive, diamond shaped-shaped pattern of 33 stars. The flag was lowered by Major Robert Anderson  on April 14, 1861 when he surrendered Fort Sumter, in the harbor of Charleston, South Carolina, at the outset of the American Civil War. 

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Did y’all know that President Abraham Lincoln was invited to attend a flag raising ceremony at Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina which featured Brevet Major General Robert Anderson (who was the Major Robert Anderson of Fort Sumter fame at the start of the war)?

He was invited to attend the ceremony but turned down the invitation and sent a letter to be read at the ceremony instead.

Just think, had Lincoln accepted the invitation and gone to Charleston, he wouldn’t have been at Ford’s Theater the night of April 14, 1865 and he wouldn’t have been shot by John Wilkes Booth.