Sunday, April 3, 2011

Charleston batteries fire on a schooner

Charleston, SC
  • In Washington, President Lincoln’s Cabinet meets concerning the Fox-led expedition for Fort Sumter discussing relief, resupply, and reinforcement./1861
  • In Charleston Harbor, South Carolina, an incident highlights the tension there. This afternoon the schooner Rhoda H. Shannon with a load of ice from Boston to Savannah accidentally sails into Charleston Harbor thinking she had arrived at Savannah, Georgia. Confederate batteries, with some intelligence of a relief expedition on its way, fire on the Shannon. Her captain, thinking he is being asked to show his colors, raises the American flag. Continuing on into the harbor, the schooner receives several more shots, one striking the schooner, and realizing she is not welcome, turns back to sea. The incident underscores how the 3,500 Confederate forces will respond when indeed a Fort Sumter relief expedition arrives at Charleston Harbor. Anxiety is high as Confederate authorities led by Brigadier General P. Gustave T. Beauregard are beginning to sense that they have been lied to concerning the evacuation of Fort Sumter./1861
  • [SECOND SESSION] In Charleston, the Second Session of the Convention of the People of South Carolina ratify the Confederate Provisional Constitution/1861 

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