Historic Fort Sumter is where the American Civil War began on April 12, 1861, after decades of growing strife between North and South. Confederate artillery opened fire on this Federal fort in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina. Fort Sumter surrendered 34 hours later. Union forces would try for nearly four years to take it back.
On April 14, 1865, Maj. Gen. Robert Anderson came out of retirement to re-raise the same U.S. flag over Fort Sumter that he had lowered in surrender four years earlier. This flag is now on exhibit at the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center. Fort Sumter National Monument, SC.
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