As tensions continued to rise following the election of 1860, officials in the Army and the Buchanan administration wisely investigated the situations at military installations throughout the South. What they found in Charleston was hardly reassuring Fort Moultrie was vulnerable to shore attack, Fort Sumter was unfinished and Castle Pickney was manned by a single ordinance officer. In an attempt to rectify the situation, Anderson was dispatched to replace the garrisons elderly commander, Bvt. In addition to being regarded as an eminently competent and discreet officer, it was believed that putting a Southerner in command of the forts would be perceived as a diplomatic gesture of nonhostility. Although staunchly pro-Union, it was widely known that Anderson had no quarrel with the institution of slavery.Throughout the crisis in Charleston Harbor during the winter and spring of 1861, Anderson acquitted himself with dignity and resolve. Immediately upon emerging from Fort Sumter. Anderson found himself a national hero.
Less than one week later, an estimated 100,000 people gathered in Manhattans Union Square Park to fete Anderson and salute the 33-star flag he had rescued from the fort after its surrender. The man and the flag then went on tour across the North, recruiting military volunteers and raising funds for the war effort. Precisely four years after it was lowered, the banner was raised over the now ruined fort. Later that night, in Washington, Abraham Lincoln was struck down by an assassin.
"Guaranteed period item from the Civil War" "Guaranteed Civil War image from the 1860's". The item "Civil War CDV, Union General Robert Anderson of Fort Sumter" is in sale since Sunday, December 17, 2017.This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\Civil War (1861-65)\Original Period Items\Photographs". The seller is "civil_war_photos" and is located in Midland, Michigan. This item can be shipped worldwide.