Civil War April 1861: Starting Lineup Cards

I’m doing a presentation on the battle of Fort Sumter this Tuesday and for the Power Point and as a print out I’m doing a short series of “starting lineup” baseball cards. Since my understanding (I’m, to put it mildly, not a sports fan) the starting lineup is usually ten players, I want to do 10 players per “team”- a picture on the front and on the back a few ‘stats’ (birthplace, birthdate, military rank in April 1861 or background, just blip info). I’m trying to decide on who to use. I have the obvious ones:

1- Abraham Lincoln
2- Robert Anderson
3- Abner Doubleday (it’ll be mentioned that he had somewhere between extremely little and nothing to do with the invention of baseball, though an early version probably was played at the fort)
4- Simon Cameron (Sec. of War)
5- Samuel Crawford (surgeon at Ft. Sumter- see Atkinson)
6- Pvt. Daniel Hough- only person killed during the exchange (accidental death due to cannon misfire after the battle)

Considered: Winfield Scott (General-in-Chief)

1- Jefferson Davis
2- P.G.T. Beauregard (head of attack forces, Anderson’s former student)
3- Edmund Ruffin
4- LeRoy Pope Walker (CSA Sec. of War)
5- Roger Atkinson Pryor (nearly a casualty of the battle when he drank poison at the surrender thinking it was liquor; life saved by Crawford)

Trying to fill it out. Any recommendations for filling out the starting lineups?

The starting lineup includes nine players. In the National League it includes the starting pitcher, while in the American League it includes the Designated Hitter in the pitcher’s place. (So in the AL there will be 10 players who start the game, the starting lineup plus the starting pitcher.)

Added to Union:

  1. Lt. Jefferson C. Davis (no relation to Confederate president) who escorted the Confederate representatives to Anderson. Later a major general and Sherman’s second-in-command on the March.

Added to Confederate:

  1. Governor Francis W. Pickens of South Carolina (very involved in the bombardment)


Osceola- died and buried at Fort Moultrie (the fort abandoned by Anderson for the unfinished Sumter). His bones were (erroneously) rumored to have been taken by Anderson’s men.

You should have Buchanan for the Union side.

Considered it, and Pierce for the Confederate.

Assistant Sec of the Navy, Gustavus Fox? He couldn’t relieve the fort but did take the garrison away.
He was also the first to publicly suggest Samana Cay was San Salvador, the first island Columbus reached. His idea was ignored for a hundred years till Nat’l Geographic proved him right.

Add to the Confederates James Chestnut, husband of the bitchiest South Carolinian woman on record and, as Beauregard’s aide-de-camp, the head of the delegation to request that Anderson surrender the fort. Also, Major Peter Stevens, president of the Citadel, whose cadets drove off the Star of the West and kept it from resupplying the fort, and G.E. Haynsworth, the cadet who actually fired the shot that drove the Star of the West off. Also, Robert Rhett, who South Carolina sent to Washington to negotiate the transfer of federal property in South Carolina. Lt. Henry S. Farley, who fired the first shot on Sumter, and Louis Wigfall, who, on his own, and with the knowledge or approval of Beauregard, successfully negotiated the fort’s surrender by Major Anderson.

To the Union side, add Norman Hall, who, when the US flag was knocked over by Confederate cannon fire, at the risk of his own life, and at the cost of his eyebrows (they burnt off) replaced the flag and pole. Also John McGowan, Captain of the Star of the West.

A nitpick, but the Senator’s name was Chesnut not Chestnut.

I made the Union cards. Included Robert E. Lee since he was still in the U.S. Cavalry as of Ft. Sumter (had just been promoted to Colonel in fact) and of course was seen as Winfield Scott’s successor before Virginia seceded, but I marked his card as “Traded”.

Lee didn’t have much to do with the Ft. Sumter thing, though. Not really anything at all.

No, but he was important in several events of April 1861.