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The Beginning Of The Civil War

On the 10th of April 1861 General Beauregard (The leader of the Confederate forces in Charleston Harbor) requested that the fort be surrendered. Major Anderson (The leader of the Union forces in the fort) refused. On April 12, 1861 because of Commader Anderson's refusal to surrender the fort under the command of General Beauregard the Confederate batteries opened fire on Fort Sumter. The Union forces inside the fort were unable to return fire effectively. At 2:30 P.M. on April 13th Major Anderson surrendered the fort to the Confederate forces. A large part of why he surrendered was that he was running out of food. However Lincoln had sent a relief party but it failed to arive soon enough to be of any help. While no one was killed in the attack unfortunately one Union artillerist was killed and three were mortally wounded when a cannon exploded pre-maturely. This battle occured at Charleston Harbor, South Carolina. This was considered the begining of the civil war. From 1863 to 1865 the Confederates were able to hold the fort despite a Union seige. However by the end of the seige the fort was little more than a smoldering heap of rubble.


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Above: A picture of the confederates bombarding Fort Sumter.
Fort Sumter was located on an island.




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Above: A picture of the confederate general, General Beauredgard,
who was in charge of bombarding the fort. He was born near New Orleans,
Louisiana on the 28th of May in 1818. He graduated 2nd in his class
from the prestigious West Point military accademy.



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Left: A Union Flag At The Time Of The Battle - Right: A Confederate Flag At The Time Of The Battle




Below: A telegram sent by Major Anderson to the War Office of the time explaining the conditions at the fort and why the Union forces had no choice but to surrender.
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My information and the majority of my pictures came from these websites: http://www.americancivilwar.com/statepic/sc/sc001.html; http://www.civilwarhome.com/ftsumter.htm; http://www.tulane.edu/~sumter/; http://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?flash=false&doc=30