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Fort Sumter, South Carolina, April, 1861, under the Confederate flag. The first shots of the Civil War took place here, on April 12, 1861

April 12,1861 - At 4:30 a.m. Confederates under General Pierre Beauregard open fire with 50 cannons upon Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina. The Civil War begins.

On April 12, 1861 Confederate soldiers fire upon Fort Sumter, igniting the American Civil War. (This photo was taken two days later.)

Confederate volunteers, 1861. This is one of my favorite Civil War photos.

Confederate Flag flying in Fort Sumter after the 1861 surrender

Fort Sumter South Carolina Civil War Officers www.pagesfromthep...

A Black Confederate soldier during the Civil War

Historic Newspaper with one of the best accounts of the opening of the Civil War... from The South: THE WILMINGTON DAILY HERALD, North Carolina, April 13, 1861.

The first Civil War casualty to be buried in Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn was a 12-year-old drummer for a New York regiment. Clarence McKenzie, a local boy fatally wounded in an accidental shooting in Maryland, was buried June 14, 1861, two months after the Union garrison at Fort Sumter surrendered to Confederate forces.

Been there ~ dlm. Ft. Sumter was one of two US federal ports still held by the Union in the seceded South Carolina. On April 10, 1861 the Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard demanded the evacuation of Union troops. When the union refused, the Confederates attacked at 0430, signalling the start of a 4 year long bloody Civil War.

Such pretty ladies. Civil War era 1861-62