The First Shots of the Civil War: “The Star of the West”

By |2020-03-10T11:52:14-05:00November 13th, 2018|Categories: American Republic, Bradley Birzer Fort Sumter Series, Bradley J. Birzer, Civil War, Constitution, History, Senior Contributors, War|

The Union soldiers defending Forts Sumter and Moultrie in Charleston Harbor had come to believe that their honor, as well as the honor of the Constitution and the federal government, was at stake. Shortly after dawn, around 6 am, on January 9, 1861, Captain Abner Doubleday spotted a steamer preparing to enter Charleston Harbor by [...]

Major Anderson Prepares Fort Sumter for War

By |2021-04-11T13:18:48-05:00November 8th, 2016|Categories: Bradley Birzer Fort Sumter Series, Bradley J. Birzer, Civil War, South, War|

Despite his own views on the matter of secession, Major Robert Anderson was full of vigor and fight in the immediate aftermath of the move of his troops into Fort Sumter. While President James Buchanan had received the news of Major Robert Anderson’s move to occupy Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, Anderson had his own [...]

What Happened at Fort Sumter?

By |2021-04-11T13:19:15-05:00June 22nd, 2016|Categories: American Republic, Bradley Birzer Fort Sumter Series, Bradley J. Birzer, Civil War, Featured, History, War|

Major Robert Anderson, the commander of Fort Sumter, was a virtuous man caught in a terrible spot. While his personal but generally private loyalties lay with the South, his duty as he saw it was to the United States government. In the early evening of December 26, 1860, at Fort Moultrie, Charleston, South Carolina, Captain [...]

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