Bombardment of Fort Sumter, Charleston Harbor, South Carolina, 1863

Artist Details

Name: William Aiken Walker
Birth: 1838 Death: 1921
Nationality: American

Artwork Details

Date of Work: 1886
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 20 x 35 1/2 inches
Credit: Museum Purchase with funds provided by a gift or bequest

While Charleston native William Aiken Walker is primarily known for his depictions of former slaves, he also did a number of landscapes and paintings of his native city. During the Civil War, Walker was commissioned by the Confederate States Corps of Engineers to render drawings of the Union’s navy attack on Fort Sumter.  This painting recreates the unsuccessful attack of April 12, 1863.  The view is from East Battery and shows Castle Pinckney and the Confederate gunboat, “Juno,” to the left, Fort Moultrie in the distance, Fort Sumter in the center and Fort Johnson to the extreme right.

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