Raising the original flag at Fort Sumter, April 14, 1865.
Contemporary artist's sketch.
From French and Cary, The Trip of the Steamer Oceanus to Fort Sumter.
On April 14, 1865, Robert Anderson, now a retired
brigadier general, returned to Fort Sumter to raise again the flag he
had pulled down 4 years before. The guns of the harbor thundered in
salute. In an address before the throng of spectators brought down from
New York, Henry Ward Beecher said:
"We raise our fathers' banner, that it may bring back
better blessings than those of old, that it may cast out the devil of
discord; that it may restore lawful government and a prosperity purer
and more enduring than that which it protected before; that it may win
parted friends from their alienation; that it may inspire hope and
inaugurate universal liberty; . . . that it may heal all jealousies,
unite all policies, inspire a new national life, compact our strength,
purify our principles, ennoble our national ambitions, and make this
people great and strong . . . for the peace of the world...."
That night, with tragic coincidence, an assassin's
bullet felled Abraham Lincoln in Washington.