The Battle of Fort Sumter April 12th - 14th, 1861
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
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.
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.
Fort Sumter Charleston, South Carolina Union Commander: Major Robert Anderson Confederate Commander: General Beauregard April 12-14, 1861 Casualties:None Winner:Confederate
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.
Unfortunate Deaths • As the Union was leaving the Fort, they fired a cannon salute. • A cannon exploded killing one man and mortally wounding another.
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.