Thursday, February 3, 2011

Familes moved out of Fort Sumter

Fort Sumter
  • Louisiana Governor Thomas O. Moore orders Fort McComb, the United States Mint in New Orleans, and its Customhouse to surrender./1861

  •  At Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina, the presence of women and children, the families of the garrison, has presented a serious problem. Their lives would be endangered if the fort were fired upon, and the food supply is dwindling. Major Anderson makes the decision to send them to New York to safety. They are taken first to Charleston today and then board a steamer for New York. As they pass Fort Sumter, the troops “displayed much feeling; for they thought… they might not meet them again for a long period, if ever.”/1861

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