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The US Capitol, Washington, DC as it appeared in 1861. Today (12 April) is the day in 1861 when Confederate artillery opened fire on Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, ushing 4 years of civil war in America. By 1865, approx. 625,000 Amercians had perished as a result of the war. This was the deadliest war in American history.

Officers of the 1st Connecticut Heavy Artillery, especially the gentleman on the far right (Matthew Brady, 1864).

1860 Slaves on a S.C. Plantation. These look like they may be the Magnolia Plantation, just outside of Charleston. If yes, the cabins still stand are available for viewing. It's very moving.