Among the fort's
defenders was Isham Stanley, who that day turned 17. He watched as Tyler assumed
the position of a man before a firing line:
deliberately walked in front of the wall ... exposing his whole body to the
enemy. When about midway he stopped, left-faced, which movement turned his whole
front to the enemy. At that moment he fell, and never moved a muscle as I could
Thus Tyler ensured that 136 years later, people still would be
telling the story of his last battle.
The shooting went on
until sundown, when the outnumbered defenders ran low on ammunition. At
around 6 PM, Confederate Colonel J. H. Fannin surrendered the fort to Colonel O.
H. LaGrange of the 1st Wisconsin Cavalry.² The next day the victors
blew up the powder magazine at the fort's center, leaving a crater that
Randall Allen, "A Most Voluntary Gathering," The
Battle of West Point, Chattahoochee Valley Historical Society, 1997, pp.