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Fort Sumter

April 12 - 14, 1861

Charleston Harbor, South Carolina

On April 12, 1861, General P.G.T. Beauregard, in command of the Confederate forces around Charleston Harbor, opened fire on the Union garrison holding Fort Sumter. At 2:30pm on April 13 Major Robert Anderson, garrison commander, surrendered the fort and was evacuated the next day.
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The Battle of Fort Sumter

The Problem in Charleston Harbor

Learn more about Fort Sumter and the Opening Shots of the Civil War in this feature story from our Hallowed Ground Magazine.

Secession Charleston

Voices of Secession

Learn More About the Long Secession Winter and the Events Leading Up to the Beginning of the American Civil War

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Allegianec: Fort Sumter, Charleston, and the Beginning of the Civil War

"Allegiance: Fort Sumter, Charleston, and the Beginning of the Civil War"
by David Detzer

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Days of Defiance: Sumter, Secession, and the Coming of the Civil War

"Days of Defiance: Sumter, Secession, and the Coming of the Civil War"
by Maury Klein

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