A gentleman at Baltimore, Md.
, lately returned from Fort Sumter
, details an impressive incident that took place there on Major Anderson
It is known that the American
flag brought away from Fort Moultrie
was raised at Sumter
precisely at noon on the 27th ultimo, but the incidents of that “flag-raising” have not been related.
It was a scene that will be a memorable reminiscence in the lives of those who witnessed it. A short time before noon Major Anderson
assembled the whole of his little force, with the workmen employed on the fort, around the foot of the flag-staff.
The national ensign was attached to the cord, and Major Anderson
, holding the end of the lines in his hand, knelt reverently down.
The officers, soldiers, and men clustered around, many of them on their knees, all deeply impressed with the solemnity of the scene.
The chaplain made an earnest prayer — such an appeal for support, encouragement and mercy as one would make who felt that “man's extremity is God's opportunity.”
As the earnest, solemn words of the speaker ceased, and the men responded Amen with a fervency that perhaps they had never before experienced, Major Anderson
drew the Star-spangled Banner up to the top of the staff, the band broke out with the national air of “Hall
” and loud and exultant cheers, repeated again and again, were given by the officers, soldiers, and workmen.
“If,” said the narrator, “South Carolina
had at that moment attacked the
fort, there would have been no hesitation upon the part of any man within it about defending the flag.” --Baltimore American, Jan