Authentic, original woodcut engraving that was hand tinted in color and published in the April 27, 1861 issue of Harper's Weekly. Caption: The Interior Of Fort Sumter During The Bombardment. 15 1/2 x 10 3/4. Harper's Weekly and the date are printed in the margin. Extremely desirable April 1861 illustration showing the explosions and sheer devastation caused inside of the fort with Union officers and soldiers looking on.
Spectacular view of the interior of Fort Sumter, while it was under heavy bombardment from the various Confederate batteries around Charleston Harbor, South Carolina. At about 4:30 A.M. on the morning of April 12, 1861, the Confederate States of America fired upon the Union fort, the last bastion representing the United States Government in South Carolina, and one of the fiercest and bloodiest wars in modern history began. When it was all said and done, and the Confederacy laid down their arms and battle flags in defeat in 1865, approximately 622,000 American lives were lost!