|Description||Paperweight: rectangular piece of black marble with polished edges. Paper label adhered to surface, inscribed in ink, "J. S. Beck / Florence SC / 1896".|
|Dimensions||W-1.5 L-4.5 D-1 inches|
|Event||Battle of Fort Sumter|
"Paperweights made of marble taken from a mantel in the room occupied by Gen. Anderson when in command of Fort Sumter. The secession of South Carolina and the firing on U.S. Fort Sumter by the people of Charleston, marked the beginning of the Civil War."
Possible attribution: "Part of a mantle piece taken from Fort Sumter after the siege and fire of 1861."