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On April 7, 1863, a squadron of Union ironclad vessels attempted to enter the harbor of Charleston, South Carolina. The Confederate forts defending the city easily repulsed the attack, making it obvious that Charleston could not be taken by sea. Ephraim Williams, Jr. (b. 1837) of Deerfield, Massachusetts, a soldier in the 27th Massachusetts Regiment, witnessed the attack and drew this sketch. Williams drew and named each of the Union ships that participated in the attack, and noted the Confederates forts, including Ft. Sumter, which he misspelled. Drawings such as this one give us insights that we now depend upon the camera to provide for us.


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Sketch of the Union Naval Attack on Charleston Harbor

illustrator   Ephraim Williams, Jr. (1837-1902)
date   1863
location   Charleston, South Carolina
width   8.0"
height   5.0"
process/materials   paper, graphite
item type   Art/Drawing
accession #   #L00.037

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Letter to Rebecca Jackson Williams from her son

Admiral Francis John Higginson (1843-1931)

"Evacuation of Fort Sumter!"

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