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The Battle of Fort Sumter

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The Battle of Fort Sumter

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  1. The Battle of Fort Sumter April 12th - 14th, 1861

  2. The Confederate States of America (The CSA)

  3. First Shots Fired

  4. Fort Sumter The first engagement of the Civil War took place at Fort Sumter on April 12 and 13, 1861. Sumter today Old Fort Sumter

  5. The Battle Begins • At 4:30 AM the Federal Arsenal was fired upon. • Charleston, South Carolina • The surrounding batteries fired upon Sumter. • Union did not return fire until 7:30 AM • Firing continued through April 13th.

  6. Surrender of Sumter • After 34 hours of fighting, the Union surrendered the fort to the Confederates. • From 1861 to 1865, the Confederates at Fort Sumter withstood a 22 month siege by Union forces. • During this time, most of the fort was reduced to brick rubble.

  7. Fort Sumter Charleston, South Carolina Union Commander: Major Robert Anderson Confederate Commander: General Beauregard April 12-14, 1861 Casualties:None Winner:Confederate

  8. Significance of the Battle of Sumter • First battle of Civil War. • No casualties on either side raised false hopes for a quick war. • General Beauregard was a student of Major Anderson while at Westpoint.

  9. Unfortunate Deaths • As the Union was leaving the Fort, they fired a cannon salute. • A cannon exploded killing one man and mortally wounding another.

  10. Conflicts Within Families

  11. The War Begins

  12. Recapture of Fort Sumter • At the end of the war, the Union eventually retook the fort and Anderson was able to fly the flag of the United States over the fort once again.