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Commanding the defenses of Charleston Harbor at the start of the American Civil War was Union General Robert Anderson,
famously known as "Hero of Fort Sumter".



A) Commanding the defenses of Charleston Harbor at the start of the American Civil War was Union General Robert Anderson,
famously known as "Hero of Fort Sumter".

B) Robert Anderson, Union General and famously known as "Hero of Fort Sumter", commanded Charleston Harbor's defenses
at the start of the American Civil War.

C) Famously known as "Hero of Fort Sumter", the defenses of Charleston Harbor at the start of the American Civil War were
commanded by Union General Robert Anderson.

D) Commanding the defenses of Charleston Harbor at the start of the American Civil War was Union General Robert Anderson,
who was also famously known as "Hero of Fort Sumter".

E) Union General Robert Anderson, famously known as "Hero of Fort Sumter" was commanding the defenses of Charleston
Harbor at the start of the American Civil War.



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Commanding the defenses of Charleston Harbor at the start of the American Civil War was Union General Robert Anderson,
famously known as "Hero of Fort Sumter".



A) Commanding the defenses of Charleston Harbor at the start of the American Civil War was Union General Robert Anderson,
famously known as "Hero of Fort Sumter".

B) Robert Anderson, Union General and famously known as "Hero of Fort Sumter", commanded Charleston Harbor's defenses at the start of the American Civil War.

C) Famously known as "Hero of Fort Sumter", the defenses of Charleston Harbor at the start of the American Civil War were
commanded by Union General Robert Anderson.

D) Commanding the defenses of Charleston Harbor at the start of the American Civil War was Union General Robert Anderson,
who was also famously known as "Hero of Fort Sumter".

E) Union General Robert Anderson, famously known as "Hero of Fort Sumter" was commanding the defenses of Charleston
Harbor at the start of the American Civil War.



Correct answer: A

(A): Correct. (A) is a little wordy, but it is the only option that is syntactically correct other than similarly-wordy (D).
(B): Incorrect. (B)'s appositive creates an error. First, "Union General" needs an article (e.g. "the"). Second, the "and" causes an error by indicating some kind of verb (e.g. (B) could read "who was a Union General and was famously ...). (B) could be rewritten as such: "Robert Anderson, the Union General famously known ..."
(C): Incorrect. (C)'s first clause incorrectly modifies the defenses, rather than the general.
(D): Incorrect. (D) is a close second, but the "who was" suggests that the general is no longer known as such; the intended meaning, however, is still "known" by that moniker.
(E): Incorrect. (E) needs a comma following "Sumter" to complete the nonessential clause. Further, the past progressive is improper here, as the sentence refers to a discrete action.
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