Confederate Troops Fire on Fort Sumter

April 12, 1861

Confederate forces lead by Brigadier General P.G.T. Beuaregard opened fire on Fort Sumter, under the command of Major Robert Anderson. The firing commenced at 4:30 A.M, effectively beginning the Civil War.

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Currier and Ives painting depicting the bombardment of Fort Sumter by Confederate troops on April 12, 1861.

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