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: 152nd Anniversary of the Start of the American Civil War
It was 152 years ago today, in the early morning of April 12, 1861, that the American Civil War officially began. This skirmish at Charleston’s Fort Sumter, then one of only two forts in the Southern states that had seceded still under federal jurisdiction, was brief and ended on April 14 with the an evacuation of federal troops and rebel Confederate victory. The photograph shows Fort Sumter on April 14, 1861, flying the Confederate flag.
Click here to read more about the Battle of Fort Sumter and the start of the American Civil War.