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00000174-b11b-ddc3-a1fc-bfdbb1a20000The Schreiner University Department of History is honoring the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War with a series of short vignettes focusing on events from 1861 through 1865. The Civil War was the most destructive conflict in American history, but it was also one of our most defining moments as a people and as a nation. Let us know what you think about "This Week in the Civil War." E-mail your comments to Dr. John Huddleston at jhuddles@schreiner.edu.Airs: Weekdays at 5:19 a.m., 8:19 a.m., 4:19 p.m. on KTXI and 4:49 a.m., 9:29 p.m. on KSTX.

This Week in the Civil War - 648

On September 1 and 2, 1863 at Charlestown, South Carolina the Federal  bombardment of Confederate defenses resumed with a total of 627 shot fired against Fortress Wagner on Morris Island and against Fort Sumter in Charlestown’s harbor. 

Heavy Parrott rifles and Union ironclads battered Fort Sumter, crumbling the exterior walls, destroying most of its guns, and threatening its magazine. Mortars kept Confederate defenders pinned down as Federal land forces moved forward against Fortress Wagner, advancing Union entrenchments within just eighty yards of Wagner’s outermost, earthwork defenses. 

Confederate General Pierre Beauregard began to doubt whether Fortress Wagner’s defenders could successfully withstand a direct Union, infantry assault which he knew would soon come.  Despite the bombardment’s destructive effect on the city’s infrastructure, Charlestown’s civilians generally remained defiant against the Union assault.