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Edwin Stanton, Orders for ceremonies at Fort Sumter, Charleston Harbor, South Carolina

Fort Sumter, South Carolina, April 1861
The long siege of Charleston, South Carolina and its surrounding harbor had recently come to an end with the Confederate forces evacuating the area under pressure from General William T. Sherman's march to the sea. Almost immediately plans were placed in motion to celebrate the victory and to wipe the blot from Union arms that had come in April 1861 with the surrender of Fort Sumter. Elaborate ceremonies were planned and the document below illustrates the importance the White House and the War Department placed upon them. The ceremonies actually took place on Good Friday, April 14, 1865. General Anderson raised the flag and Reverend Beecher did speak, before hundreds of distinguished guests. Eight hours later, five hundred miles away, John Wilkes Booth fatally wounded President Lincoln by gunshot at Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C. (By John Osborne)

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