Very rare view taken in Charleston, S.C. on Quinby card!
(1805-1871) Graduated in the West Point class of 1825. He participated in the Black Hawk, Florida and Mexican Wars and was twice brevetted for gallantry. In November 1860, he was ordered to Charleston Harbor to command the three United States forts there; Castle Pickney, Fort Moultrie, and Fort Sumter, in the face of South Carolina's imminent secession. Anderson refused a formal demand for his surrender and in the early morning hours of April 12, 1861, Fort Sumter was bombarded, and the Civil War began. His small garrison withstood 36 hours under fire before being compelled to surrender. Anderson became a national hero for his gallant actions. He personally raised the U.S. flag over Fort Sumter on April 14, 1865, exactly four years after he had hauled it down.
Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 1/8 x 3 1/2 card. Half view wearing double breasted frock coat with epaulettes, and holding hat with artillery insignia and sword. Light age toning. Backmark: photographic label, Quinby Photo, Quinby & Co., Charleston, S.C. The following period inscription is written on the reverse: Major Robert Anderson, U.S.A. who commanded Fort Sumter when it was taken by the South Carolinians 13th April 1861. This view was taken in Charleston circa 1860 by Quinby shortly before Major Anderson abandoned Fort Moultrie and moved his garrison to Fort Sumter. Very rare Quinby & Co. carte de visite.