Fort Sumter



This is a lesson on South Carolina history for third grade students.


When South Carolina first seceded form the Union, there was a question about the forts and the weapons in the state. An agreement was reached that, for the time being they would remain as property of the Union.

Major Robert Anderson commanded Fort Moultrie. He was born in Kentucky and sympathized with the South, but he served and was loyal to the Union army. His orders were to maintain his current position.

Fort Moultrie was not in the most favorable postion. It was on low ground. Soldiers on hilltops and building could shoot inside the fort without ever being seen.

Anderson and his men took boats across the harbor and took over the unfinished Fort Sumter during the middle of the night. When people in Charleston noticed the change, there was a huge outcry.


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