This Day in History: The Civil War Begins

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Published on April 12, 2024 - Duration: 00:58s

This Day in History: The Civil War Begins

This Day in History: , The Civil War Begins.

April 12, 1861.

Union-held Fort Sumter in Charleston Bay, SC, is attacked by Confederate shore batteries under the command of General P.G.T.


After being battered for 34 straight hours, U.S. Major Robert Anderson surrendered the fort.

U.S. President Abraham Lincoln called for 75,000 volunteer soldiers two days later.

He had been in office for barely more than a month.

South Carolina, a slave state, had issued an "Ordinance of Secession" earlier in December, dissolving its ties with the Union.

The following four years of war between the North and South would be the bloodiest in American history, resulting in the deaths of more than 620,000 Confederate and Union soldiers

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Abraham Lincoln

President of the United States from 1861 to 1865

Union (American Civil War)

Civil War term for northern United States

Robert Anderson (Civil War)

American Civil War Union Army officer (1805–1871)

Confederate States of America

Unrecognized state in North America (1861–1865)

South Carolina

U.S. state
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Charleston Harbor

Harbor in the U.S. state of South Carolina

Fort Sumter

Historic coastal fortress in South Carolina, United States

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