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Thursday, July 7, 2011
Charleston during the War Between the States
Ruins of Charleston during the War Between the States
As Charleston, South Carolina has played a vital role during the Revolutionary War because of its port, once again, at time of secession the first shots were fired on a Federal ship entering harbor. Afterwards, the bombardment of Fort Sumter sent Federal troops into the city to put down the rebellion. The Union army and navy repeatedly fired on Charleston, but the city did not fall to Federal forces until the last months of the war.
Here is the secession statement:
"We affirm that these ends for which this Government was instituted have been defeated, and the Government itself has been made destructive of them by the action of the non-slaveholding States. Those States have assume the right of deciding upon the propriety of our domestic institutions; and have denied the right of property established in fifteen of the States and recognized by the Constitution; they have denounced as sinful the institution of slavery; they have permitted open establishment among them of societies, whose avowed object is to disturb the peace and to eloign the property of the citizens of other States. They have encouraged and assisted thousands of our slaves to leave their homes; and those who remain, have been incited by emissaries, books and pictures to servile insurrection."