Bombardment of Fort Sumter. April 13, 1861

Historical Images of Philadelphia Americana
Bombardment of Fort Sumter. April 13, 1861

Item Info

Item No: pdca00076
Title: Bombardment of Fort Sumter. April 13, 1861
Media Type: Engravings
Source: Print and Picture Collection

Engraving published by Samuel Walker, 1862.


HMI Civil War 1


The Battle of Fort Sumter was the bombardment and surrender of  Fort Sumter, near Charleston, South Carolina, that started the Civil War. The action took place on April 12th and 13th 1861.

On the extreme left a steamship is shown in heavy seas approaching the fort, which is being bombarded on two sides. Smoke is billowing from the fort, and shells explode around it. Three naval officers can be seen standing on the bridge of the ship looking at the action through a telescope. The American flag billows wildly above them. The two decks, seperated by a lifeboat attached to davits, appear to be crowded with people.

Creation Year: 1862
Creator Name: Warren, A. C. - Artist
Warren, A. C. - Engraver