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    [Fort Sumter]: Roswell S. Ripley, Commander of Fort Moultrie in Charleston Harbor, Autograph Letter Signed Concerning Future Attack on Fort Sumter.
    [Fort Sumter]. Roswell S. Ripley, Commander of Fort Moultrie in Charleston Harbor, Autograph Letter Signed Concerning Future Attack on Fort Sumter. An important two-page ALS, 7.75" x 9.75", written by Lieutenant Colonel Ripley from Fort Moultrie on January 16, 1861 to Major John Dunovant, who was in charge of all fortifications around Charleston prior to the arrival of Brigadier General P.G. T. Beauregard. In his letter, Ripley, who served as Dunovant's ADC, informs Dunovant of the amount of ammunition he has on hand at Fort Moultrie. "The amount of ammunition which we have on hand would be expended with ordinary good fortue in saving our guns in an engagement with Fort Sumter in about three hours with slow & careful firing." He then offers an appraisal of the ammunition that Major Robert Anderson has at Fort Sumter. "We understand that Major Anderson has in Fort Sumter 40,000 lbs. of powder being amply sufficient for 4,000 rounds. We ought to have at least from 10,000 to 15,000 pounds of powder for this point alone, as we shall have the heaviest fire to keep up, and the brunt of the enemy's return to sustain, and this should be accompanied by the proper supply of friction tubes." Ripley concludes his letter with several requests, such as "instruments for lighting the pieces" and the need for 8 inch shot & shell, stressing his greatest need in being powder in 8 inch and 32 lb. cartridge bags and friction tubes.

    Roswell Sabine Ripley (1823-1887), born in Worthington, Ohio, was an officer in the United States Army during the Mexican-American War and moved to Charleston, South Carolina in 1853 and became a supporter of states' rights. He became a brigadier general in the Confederate States Army during the Civil War. After South Carolina seceded from the Union, Ripley became a lieutenant colonel in the Army of South Carolina. He and his men helped garrison Fort Moultrie. He helped direct the fire from a battery during the bombardment of Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor on April 13, 1861. He died in New York City.

    A remarkable letter written by the commander of Fort Moultrie concerning the future bombardment of Fort Sumter.

    Condition: Written on blue stationary; very fine.


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