Edmund Ruffin, ardent supporter of states rights, proponent of Secession and fierce Yankee hater. Ruffins credited with firing the first shot of the Civil War. He fired the first cannon shot at Ft. Sumter in the early morning hours of April 12, 1861...and the Civil War was officially underway.
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Edmund Ruffin fired the first shot at Fort Sumter, officially kicking off the Civil War. With Lee's Surrender at Appomattox, Ruffin committed Suicide, Shooting himself in the head. Hence, he is often associated with shooting the first and last shots of the Civil War. Picture ca. 1860-65
Navy chaplain Luis Padillo gives last rites to a soldier wounded by sniper fire during a revolt in Venezuela. (Héctor Rondón Lovera)