Battle of Fort Sumter Online Exhibit

Burial of the Soldier Killed by the Explosion of the Gun Whilst Saluting the United States Flag

Illustration showing soldiers lowering a casket into the ground in the courtyard of Fort Sumter, amidst rubble from the bttle, while others watch.

Caption: Interior of Fort Sumter after the Bombardment. Burial of the Soldier Killed by the Explosion of the Gun Whilst Saluting the United States Flag. From a sketch by B.S. Osborn, Special Correspondent of the "World."

Source: Illustration from New York Illustrated News, May 4, 1861, page 412.

Although there were no fatalities in the battle itself, the U.S. Army's withdrawl included a 100-gun salute to the American flag, during which there was an explosion. One member of the gun crew was killed, and the rest were injured.

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Last Updated: April 17, 2012