time, and was then confined to its casemated guns.
, U. S. A., in his ‘Reminiscences,’ p. 154, speaking of the first day's bombardment, says: ‘They had a great advantage over us, as their fire was concentrated on the fort, which was in the centre of the circle, while ours was diffused over the circumference.
Their missiles were exceedingly destructive to the upper exposed portion of the work, but no essential injury was done to the lower casemates which sheltered us.’
Noted among our mortar batteries—all so well served—was the Trapier Battery, whose skilful firing had become the subject of much admiration among officers and men. Almost every shell it threw, from the first to the last, reached its aim with relentless effect.
The Stevens Iron Battery, the destruction of which the guns of Sumter
sought to accomplish, paid but little attention to the fierce opening attack made upon it, and received no serious impression on its iron-coated surface; while the south and southwest faces of Sumter
bore visible signs of its own effectiveness.
The floating battery was not far behind in destructive usefulness.
It proved of equal invulnerability, and left telling marks of its battering powers.
During the whole night which followed, in spite of rain and darkness, our batteries continued playing upon the fort with unvarying effect, but the shots were fired at longer intervals, in obedience to orders.
No response was made.
, in his work already quoted, admits the fact.
He says: ‘We did not return the fire, having no ammunition to waste.’
And General Crawford
, in his ‘First Shot against the Flag
makes the following statement: ‘During the night of the 12th, the accurate range of the mortars lodged a shell in the parade, or about the work, at intervals of fifteen minutes. It was estimated that over twenty-five hundred shot and shell struck the fort during the first twenty-four hours.’
It was expected that the Federal fleet, alluded to by Mr. Lincoln
's special messenger to Governor Pickens
and General Beauregard
, would arrive that night, and might attempt to throw troops, ammunition, and supplies into Fort Sumter
To guard against such an untoward event, the keenest watchfulness was observed at our beach batteries and by the forces on Morris