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Battle of Fort Sumter

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Gerardo Rivera

on 29 November 2012

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By: Gerardo Rivera Battle of Fort Sumter When and Where? The Victors? The Battle of Fort Sumter was fought on April 12, 1861 at Charleston Harbor, South Carolina. Why Fort Sumter? General P.G.T Beauregard fought bravely for the Confederacy. Who were the generals you ask? The Confederates bombarded Fort Sumter as they continuously fired at the Fort for 34 hours straight. They continued to fire on the Fort for about 2 days. Strategies The Battle of Fort Sumter was fought until Major Anderson surrendered the fort on April 13, 1861. It was miraculous as no soldiers were killed in this battle and Major Anderson was allowed to evacuate with his men. The significance of the battle is that it was the very first battle in the civil war and once everyone knew it occurred, militias and armies were set up on both sides to start the real fighting. South Carolina seceded from the union on December 20, 1860. At the time Major Robert Anderson had 85 of his soldiers positioned at Fort Moultrie which was near the coastal region of Charleston Harbor, On December 26 Major Anderson moved his command to Fort Sumter which imposed fortification given it was in the middle of the harbor. Once Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated on March 4, 1861 the Confederacy began to grow impatient as Fort Sumter was in their territory. On April 11, 1861 General P.G.T Beauregard demanded Fort Sumter to surrender. They refused. Major Robert Anderson led the brave but not as victorious Union. The Union didn't fire until the day after the Confederates first opened fire given they were low on ammunition and lacked fuses for exploding shells. Their strategy was to make solid shots at the Rebels not just fire randomly. General P.G.T Beauregard Major Robert Anderson Civil War!
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