My thanks to Lt. Col. Steve Riggs of Bachmann's Battery in Charleston, S.C., for sending me these very fine photos.
The crew had the honor of firingt the first shot Tuesday at Fort Sumter as part of the commemoration of the beginning of the Civil War 150 years ago.
These were taken at Fort Johnson, which now serves as the headquarters for South Carolina's marine research.
The gentleman in the brown suit firing the gun is a direst ancester of Lt. Henry Farley, who fired the first shot on April 12, 1861.
The battery used a 10-inch sea coast mortar that likely saw service during the conflict.