Rare CDV of Sergeant Peter Hart - Beauregard’s forces pummeled Fort Sumter, raining hell-fire
down on Anderson’s men. Charlestonians sipped cocktails while hooting and
hollering from their balconies, cheering the Confederacy. Anderson’s
forces did return fire, but they were simply out-gunned and running low on
ammunition. The U.S. flag, the Garrison Flag, was torn and had fallen during the battle. A U.S. soldier, Sergeant Peter Hart, bravely hung the much
smaller Storm Flag in
its place…symbolic, perhaps, of Anderson’s waning resolve to stay vigilant
under the threat of total annihilation. But miraculously, despite 34 hours
of near-constant shelling, the only casualty was a Confederate horse.
Beauregard again asked Anderson to surrender.
Inventory Number: CDV 255