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    [Fort Sumter]. Isaac Fulkerson Autograph Letter Signed. Four pages, 5.5" x 6.75" and 5.5" x 8.5", Charleston, February 21, 1861. Brenham, Texas, native Isaac Fulkerson (1831-1889) was in Charleston, South Carolina (which had seceded from the Union two months earlier), purchasing goods for his business back home when he wrote this letter back home describing the city as they faced off with the Federal garrison at Fort Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor.

    Addressed to his sister, Fulkerson writes that he has been in Charleston "much longer than I expected but have been waiting for goods to come in and they are later than usual owing to the political state of the country. This City presents all the aspects of actual war, armed and uniformed men meet you at every corner and the sound of martial music is heard nearly all day . . . They send out boats in gun shot of Fort Sumter all night, to prevent Major Anderson being reinforced from Sea. The fort looks impregnable, but is surrounded by batteries at every point of land from which a shot can be thrown . . . if they do make the attempt [to assault the fort] it will be the grandest display in the way of a battle that has ever taken place in America."

    Fulkerson entered the city via New Orleans, Mobile, and Montgomery and writes to his sister that he had interesting travel companions: "I had the pleasure of traveling with two of President Lincoln's Sisters in law . . . one was a Mrs White and lives at Selma [Alabama], the other was Miss Todd I believe from Kentucky . . . They are both secessionist. Mr White the husband helped to take one of the Alabama Forts and is now there on duty." Aside from some light staining, both sheets are in fine condition.

    Seven months after writing this letter, Isaac Fulkerson enlisted as a lieutenant in Co. "B," 8th Texas Cavalry - Terry's Texas Rangers. He served throughout the war and, after mustering out, returned home to Texas.

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