Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Civil War Oddities #126

Artillery dual at long distance constituted the first battle of the civil war. Inside Fort Sumter, eighty-five Federals, who were aided by forty-three civilian workmen, managed to get off numerous shots at installations manned by more than 6,000 secessionists. During the thirty-eight-hour exchange of fire from sixty-nine big buns, more than 3,00 shells, some of them hot shot heated in a furnace, were fired. Not a man among the defenders or attackers was killed.