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In Charleston Harbor, Confederate Fort Moultrie suffers a massive magazine explosion under U.S. Navy gunfire

Explosion of the magazine of Fort Moultrie, South Carolina, September 1863, artist's impression, detail
09/08/1863
Fort Moultrie, defending Charleston Harbor from its position on Sullivan's Island, had been under serious bombardment for months.  A 15 inch shell from the U.S.S. Weehalken struck home in one of the fort's magazines and caused a massive explosion. The damage was severe but the fortress still held and was not abandoned until February 1865, by that time almost only rubble.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
"Important from Charleston: The Explosion of a Magazine in Fort Moultrie," New York TImes, September 14, 1863, p.1.