150 Years Ago Today: Fort Sumter

Bombardment of Fort Sumter (1861) by Currier & Ives (1837–1885)

150 years ago today, 12 April 1861, the Civil War started in earnest with a Confederate attack on the Federal posi­tion at Fort Sumter, in advance of sup­ply ships arriv­ing with food to resup­ply the fort.

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