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1863 August 29: Glorious News from Charleston

August 31, 2013

The following news is from the August 29, 1863, issue of The Polk County Press.

The News.


The news from Charleston is highly interesting, and affords ample encouragement to hope for the speedy fall of the city.

The following we take from the telegraph report of the St. Paul Press:

“NORFOLK, Va., Aug. 25.—The Richmond “Examiner,” of to-day, has been received, containing Charleston dates of the 24th, which say, last night, at 12 o’clock, the enemy opened fire on the City, firing fifteen eight inch Parrott shells.  Non combatants were leaving in a continuous stream.

NEW YORK, Aug. 24:—The steamer Constitution arrived this afternoon from Hilton Head the 23d, and from Charleston Bar 5:30 P. M. of the same date.  She left at anchor off Charleston Bar the United States steamer Brooklyn with steam up for New York, having on board the remains of Capt. Rogers [sic]¹ killed on the 22d [the 17th¹] on board the Monitor Catskill, by a spike being driven through him, and the Paymaster of the Catskill.  The bombardment was going on with great energy.  The firing was very rapid.  The last report from Morris Island was that Sumter had not responded to our guns for two days.  Sumpter [sic] is entirely demolished.  Moultrie has been silenced.

WASHINGTON, Aug. 25.—A dispatch was received at the Navy Department to-night, saying that Capt. Chisholm reports Fort Sumter reduced and Charleston shelled.

It is believed that what is left of Sumter is fully in General Gilmore’s [sic: Quincy A. Gillmore] possession, and that ere this the flag which waved there until Major Anderson [Robert Anderson] surrendered, is back in its old place, the identical one having been sent there some time since for that express purpose.”


Views of the Battered Exterior and Interior of Fort Sumter After the Bombardment (see footnote 2)

The “Tribune” of the 24th has the following :

“The cavalry pickets of the enemy called yesterday morning across the Rappahannock to those of our own, that Fort Sumter had been taken by us.  This is a confirmation of news received via. Fort Monroe by Richmond papers of yesterday’s date.”

The war Brig Brainbridge foundered at sea on the 22d inst., off Hilton Head, with all hands but two on board, one man was picked up in her boat, who gave the news, and then died from exhaustion.”

1.  George Washington Rodgers (1822-1863) came from a naval family. In 1861 Rodgers became Commandant of Midshipmen at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis. In April 1861 he prevented capture of the Constitution by secessionists; he also transferred the Naval Academy to Newport, Rhode Island, where it remained until the end of the Civil War. Rodgers was promoted to commander on January 16, 1862. Seeking an active post in the war, Rodgers enforced the Union blockade against Confederate blockade runners. He commanded the ironclad monitor Catskill in two unsuccessful attacks on Charleston Harbor, in October 1862 and on April 7, 1863 (First Battle of Charleston Harbor). Rodgers was killed aboard the Catskill on August 17, 1863, after a shot pierced the pilothouse while Rodgers commanded the attack on Fort Wagner in the Second Battle of Charleston Harbor.
2.  Original Photographs Taken on the Battlefields During the Civil War of the United States, by Mathew B. Brady and Alexander Gardner (Hartford, Conn.: [Edward Bailey Eaton], 1907), page 72; available in the UWRF University Archives and Area Research Center (E 468.7 .E14 1907).

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