Letter from Edward Barnwell to mother, Catherine Osborn Barnwell, discussing the nomination of his brother, William Finley Barnwell, as 3rd Lieutenant in the "1st Company of Infantry" and detailing the politics surrounding his appointment. William, Barnwell writes, has been ordered to Fort Johnson to take charge of new recruits. January 25, 1861.
William Finley Barnwell, recently stationed at Fort Johnson, SC, writes to mother, Catherine Osborn Barnwell, asking for clothing and other supplies. According to Barnwell, his pay as lieutenant is "over a thousand dollars including servant & food" though few supplies have been sent to the fort. January 28, 1861.
Hand-tinted photograph measuring 9" X 7 1/4" that depicts the bombardment of Fort Sumter, April 12th, 1861. Shown in the image: Floating Battery, Fort Moultrie, Fort Sumter, Fort Johnson, Gunboat Lady Dora and William Seabrook.
Caption: 'Bombardment of Fort Sumter, as sketched from Morris Island, Charleston Harbor, S.C.' Identified in image: Mortar Battery, Fort Johnson; James Island; City; Castle Pinckney; Fort Sumter; Mount Pleasant; Floating Battery; Mortar Battery; Fort Moultrie; Enfilading Battery; Iron Battery; Sand-bag cover for reserve; Traverse behind Trapier Battery and Magazine covered with sand bags.
Fort Sumter from Fort Johnson. Rocky shoreline is visible in the foreground. Handwritten on reverse: '55.' Possibly taken the same day as another Paine photo (see MK 871), so date is assumed to be 1940. This is image measures 3 3/4" X 4 3/4".
Distant view of Fort Sumter across the harbor from Fort Johnson. In foreground, is the front end of a vintage Packard. Shore with barbed wire stretched across is also visible. Handwritten on reverse: 'Photo 3/1/40 // M.B. Paine.' [#19 in Charleston parks and monuments series] Newspaper article glued to reverse: "Fort Johnson may be chosen as a National Historic Site." This is a 5" X 7" image.