Fort surrounded by water. Dark cloudy sky with rainbow effect at left. Small boat with seven men in left foreground. Shrapnel bursting over the fort. Confederate flag at right end of fort. Ships and land on horizon.
This view by a Southern soldier depicts Fort Sumter under Confederate control, as signified by the Confederate flag flying on the right side. Confederate forces attacked and seized control of Fort Sumter on April 12-14, 1861, thus launching the Civil War.