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Charles H. Olmstead letter

Charles H. Olmstead letter

Descriptive Summary

Title: Charles H. Olmstead letter
Creator: Olmstead, Charles H.
Inclusive Dates: 1862 April 12
Language(s): English
Extent: 0.1 Linear Feet (1 folder)
Collection Number: ms3888
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

The Battle of Fort Pulaski was fought April 10-11, 1862. Union forces conducted a 112-day siege before capturing Confederate-held Fort Pulaski resulting from a 30-hour bombardment. Colonel Charles H. Olmstead was the Commander of the fort.

Scope and Content

Colonel Olmstead writes to Captain E. P. Lawton to inform him that Major General David Hamlin of the Federal Army sent a communication demanding the immediate surrender of Fort Pulaski to the forces of the United States at Tybee Island. Olmstead informs Hamlin that he sent word he would not surrender, and shortly thereafer the Fort came under attack, which continued throughout the night. Cut off from relief, Olmstead eventually yields the fort.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Charles H. Olmstead letter, ms 3888, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2014.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Fort Pulaski (Ga.) -- Siege, 1862.
Georgia -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Lawton , Edward P.
Olmstead, Charles H.
Tybee Island (Ga.) -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Correspondence.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Letter, 1862 October 12