EXPLOSION OF MAGAZINE AND FIRE IN FORT SUMTER.
December 6, 1803-May 4, 1864.
Views of the Fort taken after the Second Great Bombardment—A
Brief Season of Rest—The Small-arms Magazine Blows up by
Accident, December 11th—Death of Captain Frost, with Ten
Others, and many Wounded—Heavy Shelling (Second Minor
Bombardment)—Western Casemates catch Fire from Explosion
—Extent and Severity of Injuries—Critical Condition of the
Fort from Scarcity of Shelter—Rebuilding of To we it-stairs
—Construction of a Long Gallery by Mining the Ruins of
the Northern Casemates—A Christmas Dinner in the " Three-
gun Battery"—The Third Minor Bombardment—Gallant Replacing of the Flagstaff—Operations on John's Island—Sinking OF IIot'SATONIC BY TORPEDO-BOAT—WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY
celebrated with a Banquet—Alarm by Bell-ringing arranged
in the Quarters—Fourth Minor Bombardment—Guns Mounted
in the Western Casemates—Fifth Minor Bombardment—General Beauregard goes to Defend Petersburg, Va.—Major-General Samuel Jones succeeds to the Command of the Department—Lieutenant-Colonel Elliott Promoted and Transferred,
after Eight Months' Service in Fort Sumter, to the Army in
It has been mentioned that the
second great bombardment came to
an end December 5, 1863, after a duration of forty-one days and nights.1
The fort enjoyed, through the greater
part of December and January, a
quiet that was highly favorable to
repairs and improvements, while it
was visited at the same time with
FORT SUMTER'S FLAG, JANUARY ca]am[ty mQyc destructive thail the
29, 1864. , •
(From a sketch by the author.) enemy s hre could have been.
1 On the next day the monitor Weehawken foundered at her anchorage off'
Morris Island. (For particulars see Appendix of this chapter.)