Raynors HCA 2017-02
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 2/23/2017
This beautiful bronze medal, 2-1/2” diameter is presented in its original presentation velvet case. The obverse has a Romanesk profile sculpture of “Robert Anderson.” The obverse depicts Peter Hart raising the Stars and Stripes over the burning fort with words “The Chamber of Commerce, New York, Honors the Defenders of Fort Sumter. First to Withstand treason.” These were designed and struck by noted scupture Charles Muller as a resolution of June 6, 1861 by the Chamber of Commerce of New York. This size was issued to Privates, approximately 45 being issued.Peter Hart? Beauregard’s forces pummeled Fort Sumter, raining hell-fire down on Anderson’s men. Charlestonians sipped cocktails while hooting and hollering from their balconies, cheering the Confederacy. Anderson’s forces did return fire, but they were simply out-gunned and running low on ammunition. The U.S. flag, the Garrison Flag, was torn and had fallen during the battle. A U.S. soldier, Sgt. Peter Hart, bravely hung the much smaller Storm Flag in its place…symbolic, perhaps, of Anderson’s waning resolve to stay vigilant under the threat of total annihilation.
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