Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Civil War 150 -- April 12, 2011

On the morning of 12-April-1861, Confederate forces commanded by Brigadier General PGT Beauregard started bombarding Fort Sumter in the harbor of Charleston, South Carolina, where Major Robert Anderson and his men had held out since December. The Confederates started firing before a relief expedition tried to resupply and reinforce the fort. Anderson's small force, with a limited supply of shot and powder, could not offer much resistance. Anderson surrendered the fort on 14-April-1861, saving the fort's flag, which he was able to raise with his own hands during a ceremony four years later, on 14-April-1865.

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