Charleston shows that there were active preparations for the expected attack. The city had, indeed, been put in a thorough state of defense by General Beauregard, who had assumed command on September 15, 1862. The forts at the entrance to the harbor were strengthened or partly rebuilt, and the waters sown with torpedoes and obstructions. The poet therefore had good reason for awaiting so calmly the naval attack of April 7, 1863. In the lower photograph, St. Michael's and the principal street of Charleston are preserved for us by the Confederate photographer Cook, just as they appeared when Timrod wrote his lines. The city was indeed a very busy one, for constant blockade-running had brought in ample munitions of war and many luxuries. It was no idle boast that Summer was brought to her courts, for silks and spices came in with every cargo. Later on, the blockading fleet, though it did not succeed in reducing Charleston, made blockade-running so dangerous that a constantly decreasing number of laden vessels arrived at the piers.
‘The city bides the foe’
‘Through streets still echoing with trade’: Charleston in war time
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Introduction: the spirit of nationality
Chapter 1 : separation and reunion
Chapter 2 : deeds of valor
Chapter 3 : in Memoriam
Chapter 4 : scenes from soldier life
Chapter 5 : Wives and sweethearts
Chapter 6 : lyrics
Chapter 7 : the lighter side
Chapter 8 : between battles
Chapter 9 : Gettysburg : the high-water mark of the war
Chapter 10 : the end of the struggle
Chapter 11 : Lincoln
Chapter 12 : the heritage
Chapter 13 : brotherhood.
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