Photographer George S. Crook has set up his camera and taking pictures when he captures an explosion on the parade ground from a shell lobbed into Fort Sumter from the stranded Union monitor, Weehawken.
General George B. McClellan with staff & dignitaries (from left to right): Gen. George W. Morell, Lt. Col. A.V. Colburn, Gen. McClellan, Lt. Col. N.B. Sweitzer, Prince de Joinville (son of King Louis Phillippe of France), and on the very right - the prince's nephew, Count de Paris.
Charlestonian photographer, George S. Cook, took action shots on Sept. 8, 1863 during the Union bombardment of Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie. Having climbed to the top of the parapet of Fort Sumter, he photographed the USS Weekawken, USS Montauk and USS Passaic (at a range of approximately 2 miles) while they fired on Fort Moultrie. Cook's presence on the parapet drew the fire of Union artillery on Morris Island and Cook saw a shell pass close to him and then another knocked his plate holder into the water cistern. He paid a soldier five dollars to retrieve it and was ordered to get down.