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ttempt, and turned her sharp bow to the sea. Stevens' Iron Battery played a conspicuous and important part in the brilliant, and, as far as our men are concerned, bloodless conflict, which has placed the 12th of April, 1861, among the memorable days. The calibre of its guns, its nearness to Fort Sumter, its perfect impenetrability, the coolness and skill of its gallant gunners, made this fortification one of the most formidable of Maj. Anderson's terrible opponents. The effect of its Dahlgren's and 64-pounders was distinctly visible at an early stage of the conflict.--Clouds of mortar and brick-dust arose from the Southwest wall of the fort as the shot hissed on their errand of death. Shot after shot told with terrible effect on the strong wall, and at about three o'clock Major Anderson ceased to return this murderous fire. In the course of the afternoon the joyful tidings that a breach had been effected in that portion of the fortress was borne to the city. We dare not c
of Maj. Anderson speaks for itself, and silences the attacks lately made at the North upon his character and patriotism. Business is entirely suspended. Only those stores are open necessary to supply articles required by the army. Governor Pickens has all day been in the residence of a gentleman which commands a view of the whole scene. General Beauregard commands in person the entire operations, and thus far they have moved with the utmost system and success. It is reported thand dangerously wounding four others. The Major marched out under the Stars and Stripes, the band playing Yankee Doodle. He starts to-night in the steamer Isabel for New York, receiving supplies from the fleet. In returning thanks to Gov. Pickens, for his kindness to himself and wife, Major Anderson said that history would applaud him for the forbearance he had practiced; he was much gratified that no lives were sacrificed. He said his orders were to destroy the works, if possible, bu
Two members of the Palmetto Guard paid fifty dollars in cash for a boat to carry them to Morris' Island, to join their company. The Battery, the wharves and shipping in the harbor, and every steeple and cupalo in the city, were crowded with anxious spectators of the great drama. Never before had such crowds of ladies without attendants visited our thoroughfares. Business was entirely suspended. The stores on King street, Meeting street and East Bay were all closed. Dr. Salters, the "Jasper" correspondent of the New York Times, was arrested, and locked up in the Guard House, where he yet remains. One of our special reporters to Fort Moultrie brought a trophy of the war, in the shape of a 32-pound ball, which Anderson had fired at Moultrie, and which lodged in the sand bags. It may be seen at our office. Another of our reporters has calculated the number of pounds of balls fired by both sides up to seven o'clock, the hour at which Fort Sumter ceased fir
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The bombardment of Fort Sumter.the first day's fight.highly interesting Details.Gallantry of Virginians, &c. The Charleston papers of Saturday furnish detailed accounts of the opening of the first engagement between the United and the Confederate States. Our own correspondence gives later intelligence, but with a view to gratify the public desire to learn everything connected with the bombardment of Sumter, we publish the following from the Courier At the grey of the morning of Friday the roar of cannon broke upon the ear. The expected sound was answered by thousands.--The houses were in a few minutes emptied of their excited occupants, and the living stream poured through all the streets leading to the wharves and Battery. On reaching our beautiful promenade we found it lined with ranks of eager spectators, and all the wharves commanding a view of the battle were crowded thickly with human forms. On no gala occasion have we ever seen nearly so large a number of ladies on
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jured the doors of the embrasures. The damage will be repaired speedily. It is thought that Fort Sumter will be breached in two hours. Three steam vessels of war were seen off the bar, one of them supposed to be the Harriet Lane. Capt. R. S. Parker reached the city from Fort Moultrie at half-past 2 o'clock, and makes the following report: Captain Parker visited Fort Moultrie and the Enfilading Battery near by, and found all well, and in high spirits. He left the Mortar Battery, Lieut. Hollinquist, at ten minutes past two. The soldiers stationed there are giving a good account of themselves. The Floating Battery had been struck 18 times, and received no material injury. The venerable Edmund Ruffin, who, as soon as it was known a battle was inevitable, hastened over to Morris' Island, and was elected a member of the Palmetto Guard, fired the first gun from Stevens' iron battery. All honor to the chivalric Virginian! May he live many years to wear the fadeless wreath that h
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in wreaths upon the soft twilight air, and breathing our fervent prayers for their gallant kinsfolk at the guns. O! what a conflict raged in those heaving bosoms between love for husbands and sons, and love for our common mother, whose insulted honor and imperiled safety had called her faithful children to the ensanguined field. At thirty minutes past four o'clock the conflict was opened by the discharge of a shell from the Howitzer Battery on James Island, under the command of Capt. Geo. S. James, who followed the riddled Palmetto banner on the bloody battle fields of Mexico. The sending of this harmful messenger to Major Anderson was followed by a deafening explosion, which was caused by the blowing up of a building that stood in front of the battery. While the white smoke was melting away into the air another shell, which Lieut. W. Hampton Gibbes has the honor of having fired, pursued its noiseless way toward the hostile fortification. The honored missive descri
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prestige of its glorious name. It fired very nearly gun for gun with Fort Sumter. We counted the guns from eleven to twelve o'clock, and found them to be 42 to 46, while the advantage was unquestionably upon the side of Fort Moultrie. In that fort not a gun was dismounted, not a wound received, not the slightest permanent injury sustained by any of its defences, while every ball from Fort Moultrie left its mark upon Fort Sumter.--Many of its shells were dropped into that fort, and Lieut. John Mitchell, the worthy son of that patriot sire who has so nobly vindicated the cause of the South, has the honor of dismounting two of its parapet guns by a single shot from one of the Columbiads, which, at the time, he had the office of directing. The famous iron batteries — the one at Cummings' Point — named for Mr. C. H. Stevens, the inventor, and the celebrated Floating Battery, constructed under the direction of Capt. Hamilton, have fully vindicated the correctness of their conceptio
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The sending of this harmful messenger to Major Anderson was followed by a deafening explosion, whis rising so defiantly out of the sea. Major Anderson received the shot and shell in silence. Aes, the balls had not started a single bolt. Anderson had concentrated his fire upon the Floating Buns in Stevens' Battery temporarily disabled, Anderson's fire having injured the doors of the embrasortification one of the most formidable of Maj. Anderson's terrible opponents. The effect of its De war, in the shape of a 32-pound ball, which Anderson had fired at Moultrie, and which lodged in th The brilliant and patriotic conduct of Maj. Anderson speaks for itself, and silences the attacksays: When Sumter was in flames, and Major Anderson could only fire his guns at long intervals of a single battery from Sumter. Five of Major Anderson's men are slightly wounded. Jasper, f the fort at 4 o'clock P. M. Whilst Maj. Anderson was saluting his flag, previous to retirin[2 more...]
of the Floating Battery were undamaged by the shock of the shot, and though that formidable structure had been struck eleven times, the balls had not started a single bolt. Anderson had concentrated his fire upon the Floating Battery, and the Dahlgren Battery, under command of Lieutenant Hamilton. A number of shells had dropped into Fort Sumter, and one gun enbarbette had been dismounted. The following cheering tidings were brought to the city by Col. Edmund Yates, Acting Lieutenant to Dozier, of the Confederate States Navy, from Fort Johnson. Stevens' Battery and the Floating Battery are doing important service. Stevens' Battery has made considerable progress in breaching the South and Southwest walls of Fort Sumter. The Northwest wall is suffering from the well-aimed fire of the Floating Battery, whose shot have dismounted several of the guns on the parapet, and made it impossible to use the remaining ones. The Howitzer Battery connected with the impregnable Gun Battery at C
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messenger from Morris' Island brings the glorious news that the shot glance from the iron-covered battery, at Cummings' Point, like marbles thrown by a child on the back of a turtle. The upper portion of the Southwest wall of Fort Sumter shows plainly the effect of the terrible cannonade from the formidable product of Mr. C. H. Stevens' patriotism and ingenuity. A half an hour later the gladsome tidings came that Stevens' Battery was fast damaging the Southwest wall of Sumter. Henry Buist is doing gallant service with the Palmetto Guards, delighting all hearts by assuring us in the city that everything was going on well at the Iron Battery, which was still proof against sixty-eight pounders, and the men in good spirits. A boat reached the city from the Floating Battery about half-past 12 o'clock, and reported that a shot from Fort Sumter penetrated the top or shed of the structure, and three shots struck the sand bags in the rear of the battery. Another messenge
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