1861 - 1961
At half past four on the morning
of April 12, 1861, from a mortar near
this spot on Fort Johnson, the first
shot of the War of Secession was fired,
by order of Captain George S. James of
the Confederate States Army.
The shell exploded above Fort Sumter,
then occupied by Federal Forces, thus
beginning the tragic conflict which
Americans endured for four years.
(Emblem: CSA 61 The Confederate States of America)
Dedicated April 12, 1961
This marker given by Mrs. J.C. Long in memory of her Grandfather
John Hartnett, a soldier in the Confederate Army