The Civil War Today: Fort Sumter (South Carolina)


It was the Confederates that struck first with their assault - and ultimate takeover - of Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor.

The official start of the American Civil War was marked by the actions taking place at Union-held Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina. Authorized to be constructed on April 28th, 1948, the Fort was well-positioned to repel a foreign attack with clear views towards the Atlantic and Charleston located directly behind. However, local coastal guns controlled by the Confederates soon turned on the Fort and its inhabitants to mark the beginning of the years-long conflict between North and South.

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