It was the Spring of 1861. Trouble and dissent were brewing for months within the South and on the horizon there would be an attack that would be considered the beginning of the US Civil War. All the Federal buildings within the port city of Charleston, South Carolina had been seized, except one… Fort Sumter which lay in the middle of Charleston’s harbor.
Major Robert Anderson had moved his troops to Fort Sumter in December of 1860. As the Confederacy began to take charge within the southern states. Federal properties were siezed except one – Fort Sumter. Things worsened and tensions mounted. Demands were made for the surrender of the fort. Major Anderson refused. As a result plans were made to take the fort by force. All of the And Confederate batteries lined Charleston Harbor and before dawn on April 12, 1861 the barrage began on Fort Sumter, South Carolina… The Civil War had begun.
The Confederate Bombardment of Fort Sumter would continue over the next 34 hours through April 13. Yet despite the constant mortar and cannon fire and return of fire from Fort Sumter, no one was hurt or killed.