The entry of Major Robert Anderson's (see Major Robert Anderson) command into Fort Sumter on Christmas night, 1860. After the secession of the seven deep South states, federal troops withdrew from indefensible positions within southern territories, finally holding on to only two--one in Florida, the other in South Carolina. The garrison stationed on Sullivan's Island withdrew to the greater safety of Fort Sumter. From "Harper's Weekly," January 19, 1861.
Courtesy of the South Carolina Department of Archives and History.