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 Posted: Wed Jul 20th, 2011 11:29 pm
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Actually it was less about the destruction Swamp Angel inflicted and more about the psychological effect. The Swamp Angel was meant to inflict a lot of damage on Charleston, but was rendered useless when it exploded when firing the 36th round. But the real damage came in the moral effect it had on Charleston. It was a matter of Federal forces actually firing on the city itself rather than just it's defenses.  So people didn't know if the next shot was going to get them.

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