Charleston Besieged

Charleston Besieged (HMKKF)

Location: Charleston, SC 29412 Charleston County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 45.14', W 79° 52.482'

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In 1861 the port of Charleston prospered. Keeping the city open to trade was crucial for Confederate survival. Confederate forts in Charleston Harbor - including Fort Sumter - protected Charleston throughout the war despite Union blockade, warship attack, and two years of bombardment and siege.

Despite military conflict in the harbor, relative peace prevailed in the city until 1863, when Union forces captured nearby Morris Island and began shelling Charleston. This was a deliberate bombardment of civilians; the North hated Charleston for leading the secessionist movement and firing the first shots of the war. The Union bombardment, along with a devastating fire in 1861 and other fires set by evacuating Southern forces in February 1865, destroyed much of the lower city.
Placed ByFort Sumter National Monument, South Carolina - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 at 9:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 605416 N 3624391
Decimal Degrees32.75233333, -79.87470000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 45.14', W 79° 52.482'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 45' 8.40" N, 79° 52' 28.92" W
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Area Code(s)843
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 141 Unnamed Road, Charleston SC 29412, US
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