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1861 - Start of U.S. Civil War - April 12, 1861 - Confederate forces fire upon Fort Sumter.


The shelling of the fort was the culmination of a simmering conflict in which a small garrison of Union troops in South Carolina found themselves isolated when the state seceded from the Union.

The shelling of Fort Sumter lasted less than two days and had no great tactical significance, but the symbolism was enormous on both sides.

Once Fort Sumter was fired upon there was no turning back. The North and the South were at war.



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April 12, 1861


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