Tuesday, December 3, 2013

December 4, 1863 (Thursday): Charleston Beseiged.

Ruins of the Railroad Station (Charleston SC)

December 4, 1863.
General S. COOPER:
     Enemy threw 32 shells into the city yesterday morning, doing little damage, and nobody hurt. The fire on Sumter ceased at night, probably in hopes of surprising the garrison by a sudden assault.


Official Records, Series I., Vol. 38, Part 2, Page 539.

Charleston was both symbol and objective during the war.  The city in which the war commenced was a focal point of Union strategists, not only for any advantage gained in taking it, but for the psychological impact of putting the flag back up at Fort Sumter.  But taking the city, even with a large naval force in support, was proving to be an illusive goal. 

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