On this day: the raising of the flag over Fort Sumter

In February 1865, Union forces took Charleston, and recaptured Fort Sumter. On April 14, 1865, the same flag (above) that had been taken down four years before, was raised over the fort during a celebration of its recapture.


On the 14th of April, 1865, near the end of the American Civil War, a ceremony was held to once again raise the US flag over Fort Sumter, South Carolina.

‘This day, Friday, April 14, 1865, will be ever memorable for the formal restoration to its legitimate place of the first United States flag captured in battle during our long, but now happily closing civil war. In view of this circumstance, a brief sketch of the main facts concerning the glorious old fort, her defence and final surrender four years ago will be timely reading.’

Article published 14 April, 1965.

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View of the flag-raising over Fort Sumter, Charleston Harbor, Charleston, South Carolina, April 14, 1865, with the arrival of Major General Robert Anderson and guests.

On this day: the beginning of the American Civil War

The Civil War in the United States began on the 12th of April, 1861 with Confederates firing shots on Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina.

It is estimated that 620 00 to 750 000 people died over the next four years of war.

Attack_on_Fort_Sumter Bombardment of Fort Sumter by the batteries of the Confederate states 12th April 1861.


Delaware’s controversial age of consent, and girl prostitutes.

tatnall-streetChildren playing next to a reputed house of prostitution on Tatnall Street, Wilmington, Delaware, 1910.

Children in Delaware outside a brothel in 1910.

Technically, until 1972, the US state of Delaware had the age of consent set at seven. It was 1972 that the old law codes were completely overhauled.

It was in February 1889 that the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union submitted a petition to the Delaware General Assembly to have the age raised. The petition had ten yards of signatures of Delaware residents on it.

The age had been lowered to seven in 1871, having previously been ten. It was the lowest age of consent in the United States.

blacklist-of-states-arenaage of consent and rpae laws in nineteenth century unites states

A list of the age of consent in various states.

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The idea of the low age of consent for girls had a lot to do with proving rape (and dealing with – or ignoring! – child prostitution). Investigators in a rape case had to prove force and lack of consent, and the changed law helped cover for men having sex with young girls.

The states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida had the age set at ten.

At the end of the 1880s, the lowest age a girl could work as a prostitute in Delaware was raised to fifteen.

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