Monday, April 24, 2017

USA ~ Fort Sumter National Monument ~

... Great and interesting card nr2 from Charleston... it played an important part in American history... the place where America’s deadliest war began with more than 700.000 casualties.... visitors are transported back in time and are able to explore and learn about the well-preserved fort ruins and the Civil War itself... Thanks so much dear Andrene!! ❁◕ ‿ ◕❁ (PS I hope not to many postcards are lost ☹...they are all always such a nice surprise in my mailbox♥...I post all my received ones within a couple of days!)
Photos:© Byran Riggs and Joe MCLemore

From backside postcard:
Fort Sumter was the scene of the opening battle of the Civil War on April 12, 1861 After a 34 hours siege the Fort, commanded by Major Robert Anderson and his Union Troops, surrendered. The Fort was then occupied by the Confederates and remained in their hands until shortly before the end of the war on February 17, 1865.

The Fort was named after the Revolutionary War General Thomas Sumter, it was one of several defensive sites located along the eastern coast of the US. Construction began in 1829 and continued for over thirty years until it was finally completed in 1861. Fort Sumter was built on a sand bar located at the entrance to the harbor in the Charleston. Several thousand tons of granite were used to create a five-sided 170 feet by 190 feet long structure made with walls that were five feet thick, it was an impressive fortress and an effective first line of defense against attacking forces in the region.


"The Moon" Global Forever stamp
(Issued 22-02-2016)

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