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Sketch of the oar and hook used as an impromptu flag pole (verso).
Civil War drawings collection, approximately 1861-1865.
New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024, 212-873-3400
February 18. 1865
Drawing: Graphite on paper. 8 1/2 x 12 1/4 in. Sketches and labels of a ship and a flag staff. A second flag staff is crossed out. Inscribed at lower center inverted: 'The Flag Staff on which--/ the Stars & Stripes was / planted on Fort Sumter /--Feb 18th --.' At left, inscribed vertically: 'remains of the U.S. Sloop-/ of war Housatonic off / Sullivans Island S.C. / Feb. 18th/65--.'
Engraved for Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, February 28-March 7, 1865, (XIX: 493): 385; also in Frank Leslie's Illustrated Famous Leaders and Battle Scenes of the Civil War (New York: Mrs. Frank Leslie; 1896), pg. 464, completely redrawn by a skilled artist or the engraver, with a vignette view of the verso image of the oar and gaff hook used as impromptu flagpole. The Confederacy never surrendered Fort Sumter, but Sherman's advance through South Carolina finally forced the Confederates to evacuate Charleston on February 17, 1865 and abandon Fort Sumter. This scene occurred the following day.
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Fort Sumter (Charleston, S.C.)--History--Civil War, 1861-1865Flags--United StatesSloops
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