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Union gunners carry out a heavy five day bombardment of the Confederate forts defending Charleston

Union naval bombardment of the Confederate forts in Charleston Harbor, August 17, 1863, artist's impression, detail
08/17/1863 to 08/21/1863
At dawn on August 17, 1863, Union naval units, supplemented with Union artillery batteries ashore commenced a heavy bombardment of the Confederate forts defending Charleston Harbor.  The unprecedented shelling went on for five days.  Fort Sumter came in for particular punishment and was largely reduced to a ruin.  The other forts were heavily damaged but none were surrendered, despite Union threats to shell Charleston proper. (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Frank Moore, ed., The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives, Illustrative Incidents, Poetry, Etc. (New York: D. Van Nostrand, 1864), VII: 42-43.
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