7th Connecticut Infantry – John G. Rowley Describes the Attack on Fort Sumter Giving Great Details on the Defenses of Charleston “I think the notorious guns that fired those polished-steel pointed projectiles were of English manufacture.”
This letter dated April 19th, 1863 was written from Camp Starr in Fernandina, Florida. Rowley and the 7th Connecticut had recently left Charleston and were recuperating in Florida, awaiting their next assignment.

John G. Rowley was a resident of Winchester, Connecticut and enlisted on July 6th, 1861 as a Private, serving all 3 years of his enlistment. He gives some great lines about their endeavors in Charleston and his dislike for the Hartford Times, whose editor ought to be hanged or shot for the way it discourages soldiers. Here are some of the highlights:

• “…the expedition to Charleston… was of no great worth except the wonderful power with which those Monitors, the Ironsides, also the Batteries (floating) resisted the enfilading fire from the forts and batteries that commanded the harbor and channel. I think the notorious guns that fired those polished-steel pointed projectiles were of English manufacture and import.”

• “More than nine-tenths of the munitions and support of the Rebels that they have derived from foreign sources during the war, has come through this one pesky channel; not that it is a pleasant undertaking for the attacking forces, for I think it is equal to if not stronger than Sebastopol, allowing the use of torpedoes and infernal machines; notwithstanding we had no such powerful Ironclads one year ago, so also was the harbor less fortified.”

• “It can be taken now with the Navy we have got. The first impediment the Ironclads met with was a heavy, iron chain netting, connected with which was supposed to be torpedoes, as they approached a given point and struck this chain work; a Rebel on the parapet of Fort Sumter with a flag gave the signal and all poured forth their calibrated contents upon those objects with the evident intention of sinking them at once…”

• “…the attack is to be renewed this week… Here is my toast to the Rebels at the second attack. May their repast be the science of the best officers of the Army and Navy, their provisions hot shot, and shell, their tea and coffee, hot water from the Ironclads, and their quinine a full complement of the best Hazards powder.”

• “…let that Rebel press "The Hartford Times" be jerked into the same conflagration with its editor, chained to a whipping post (with a thousand knots) in the centre of the flames, and Jeff Davis, to untie him in the hottest of the fire, with seven of the best English guns pointed to the incarnate lump-loaded with the bones and grave of John C. Calhoun (he was not made of ordinary clay), driven by fifty pounds of the best American powder to be touched off by John B. Floyd and Howell Cobb, with a ten-ton anchor tied to their necks with the chain netting in Charleston harbor connected with all the torpedoes in the southern Confederacy and all blown out of existence.”

• “J. G. Rowley "E" 7th Ct. Vols. Port Royal SC”

The letter is 8 pages in ink and comes with its original stamped cover.

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