Antique Map Auction Sale No. 127 - closed 2/25/2009
This scarce and desirable book by General Q.A. Gillmore describes his unsuccessful attempt to recapture Fort Sumter in 1863. Hardbound with 72 (many tinted) lithographic plates and three foldout maps and a foldout section plan of fortifications. It includes the official reports of his subordinate commanders, and a specially written essay by R. P. Parrot discussing the problems encountered with such large guns and shells. The frontispiece "Fort Sumter. November 10th, 1863" is a close-up of the fort from the water. Numerous plates show in remarkable detail the numerous batteries, each named: Battery Hayes; Battery Rosecrans; Marsh Battery or "Swamp Angel"; Battery Meade, and more. The huge 10-Inch Parrott Rifle (300 pounder) is shown with the "Muzzle blown off by premature explosion of shell. Breaching battery against Fort Sumter, 4290 yards distant." Four plates show the shell damage to each side of Fort Sumter, plus plans of Fort Sumter and Wagner. There are also 20 drawings of 100" guns showing firing damage and the date they "burst." Each cannon is identified with its serial number. Plates also illustrate the 80 pound Whitworth Gun, Ames' Wrought Iron Rifle (7"), and the 8" gun. Four great lithographs follow, detailing the construction of various Confederate cannon shells. All plates and maps appear to be present.