United States Landmarks: Fort Sumter


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Fort Sumter, South Carolina


Confederate soldiers fired the first shots of the American Civil War on April 12, 1861 at Fort Sumter, South Carolina. Although no casualties were reported on either side due to the bombardment, Fort Sumter marked the start of a cruel, bloody war between 27 northern states and 11 southern states that would last four years and cause the deaths of hundreds of thousands of soldiers.

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Fort Sumter in Depth

Learn all about what happened at Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor in the first battle of the Civil War. Unlike in future battles, no one died.



After South Carolina became the first southern state to secede from the Union, 10 other states followed suit and formed the Confederate States of America. Learn all about the causes and effects of secession by clicking above.

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