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Cabell-Wayne Historical Society Collection
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Ms26,Bx 14, Fd11, item15: Fort Sumter, December 1863, interior of eastern angle of sea face, from a drawing by Lt. John E. Key, 18.5x12.5cm Fort Sumter as it was during the War, showing the effects of the bombardment by Maj. John Johnson, Engineer at Fort Sumter Publisher: Walker, Evans & Cogswell Co.,Charleston, S.C. Compliments of J. F. Weruer, Sullivans Island, S.C. Sergent Charles E. Walker, Battery M. 1 artillery, Sullevans Island, South Carlina Period of the greatest ruin. The interior of the eastern angle of the Fort. The crest of the sea-front on the right is hardly twenty feet above the water; the waves in a high wind dash their spray over it. The ladder is necessary to the garrison for manning the wall in any night assult. The slope of debris on the ourside can be ascended by the enemy landing from small boats. A furnace once used for heating shot is seen on the left; a rejected iron tank once used for a cistern is on the right; a pool of water has formed in one of the many low places, where the parade has been excavated to fill the casemates on the sea-face. But the most important feature in the picture is the opening, through slanted logs, into one of the "bomb-proofs," being three lower casemates opposite Sullivan's Island, armed with three heavy guns bearing on the channel, and protected in revierse from the enemy's fire from Morris Island by heavy filling of earth, sloping down to the parade.
"Fort Sumter, December 1863, bird's eye view of interior after second great bombardmentFort Sumter, December 1863, interior of eastern angle of sea face, from a drawing by Lt. John E. Key" (1863). 0099: Cabell-Wayne Historical Society Collection. 652.