In 1850 Union Engineer Alexander H. Bowman is asked to speak at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, to be held in Charleston in 1851 - Bowman was the Engineer who constructed Fort Sumter - In 1861 he supported the North... as Superintendent of West Point!

This letter headed, “Charleston February 5th, 1850” was written by the “local committee for Charleston” of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  The letter written on blue stationary is signed by the 5 Charleston members of the committee… it reads like a “who’s who” of Charleston aristocracy – Moultrie, Ravenel, Gaillard, Holebrook, Zachman, all famous Charleston names.

The letter is written on the first one and a third pages.  The second page was used as a cover and has a nice large red “2” for postage… the rate for a folded letter sent locally.  Captain Bowman was currently working on the Charleston Harbor defenses, and the cover is addressed “Capt. Bowman Fort Johnson, S.C.” 

Bowman was a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy (1825) and had quite a history of engineering accomplishments.  We are including his printout from West Point.  The letter is written in nice dark ink and is in fine condition.  How ironic that the man who engineered Fort Sumter and worked on the defenses of Charleston Harbor from 1826 on and off until the Civil War began who see his sight as the start of the war! 

#EL76 - Price $250