"Shows also Fort Sumter and Morris Island. Telegraph poles can be seen, but there was no telegraphic communication at the time. The four guns displayed were very effective and considered as good as any to be had in those days; they could carry almost to the opposite side of the river. The artist took particular care in painting these guns. Observe the effect of the flag against the dark sky. Preparations are being made to dispatch a boat to Fort Sumter."
Conrad Wise Chapman, 1898