Why was Fort Sumter named after General Thomas Sumter?
Although the specific reason for Fort Sumter of Charleston, South Carolina, being named after the American Revolution General, who also served as a U.S. Senator and Congressman, is probably lost to history, those are certainly enough qualifications to merit having any edifice being given one's name.
Thomas Sumter was a hero of the American Revolution, and the fort was named for him. Sumter was a leader of partisan militia against the British in South Carolina during the Revolution, like Francis Marion and Pickens. Mel Gibson's character in the movie "The Patriot" is sort of a composite of these three South Carolina heroes of the Revolution. It was named after a Revolutionary War Hero called General Sumter.
The fort was named after General Thomas Sumter, a hero of the American Revolution. Fort Sumter was built following the Second War for Independence (War of 1812), as one of a series of fortifications on the southern U.S. coast. It was designed to house 650 men and 135 guns in three tiers of gun emplacements, although it was never filled near its full capacity.
Two of the main generals who fought in the battle of Fort Sumter were General Robert Anderson and General Pierre T. Beauregard. These were the very first generals who fought in the battle that began the Civil War. IMPROVEMENT. Lincoln offered the Command of US Army to Robert E. Lee after Fort Sumter.
When Confederate forces began their bombardment of Fort Sumter, the commander of Southern forces was General PT Beauregard. The fort had no choice but to shortly surrender. The irony of this key battle was that the commander of Fort Sumter was Major Robert Anderson. While attending the USMA, West Point, Major Anderson had been one of General Beauregard's favorite instructors.
In the Civil War era in American history, the fort guarding Charleston (South Carolina) Harbor was named Fort Sumter before, during, and after the four-year conflict. Hence, when the South finally seceded formally from (and with the eruption of hostilities with) the North, Fort Sumter continued to be called by the same name.