ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH OF THE SOUTHWEST ANGLE OF FORT SUMTER AND A SLAVE BOY TAKEN BEFORE THE BATTLE AND ANNOTATED BY SERGEANT PETER HART. Original photograph of the Southwest angle of Fort Sumter and a slave boy taken before the battle and annotated by Sergeant Peter Hart on the recto, South West angle Fort Sumter opposite Barracks in 1861. West angle of Fort Sumter.
The photograph measures 5.25. In very good condition with the top two corners clipped, a dent to the bottom border, and markings and scuffing throughout, and accompanied with photocopied documentation related to Hart. HART RETRIEVED AND REATTACHED THE FALLEN AMERICAN FLAG DISLODGED BY ENEMY SHELLING DURING THE BATTLE AND HE WAS LATER DUBBED THE FIRST HERO OF THE CIVIL WAR FOR HIS ACTIONS. As tensions between the North and South escalated, Andersons wife contacted Hart and requested that he escort her to Charleston, SC to visit her husband who was stationed at Fort Sumter. Still at Fort Sumter at the outbreak of the Civil War, Hart elected to remain as a civilian to assist his former commander.On the afternoon of April 12, 1861, he retrieved and reattached the fallen American flag dislodged by enemy shelling from its flagstaff over Fort Sumter. When the fort was evacuated two days later, Hart again played a pivotal role in rescuing the flag and keeping it with him until February 1865 when it was raised once again over the fort. For his actions on reattaching the fallen flag, Hart was dubbed the First Hero of the Civil War.
The item "Photograph of Fort Sumter & Slave Boy, Taken & Annotated by First Civil War Hero" is in sale since Friday, December 7, 2018. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\Civil War (1861-65)\Original Period Items\Other Civil War Original Items". The seller is "grayautographs" and is located in Spartanburg, South Carolina. This item can be shipped to United States.