The Attack on Fort Sumter


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Civil War Harper's Weekly, April 27, 1861

The April 27, 1861 edition of Harper's Weekly features a biography and picture of President Abraham Lincoln, and an incredible description of Mr. Lincoln's declaration of war on the south.  The issue also contains fabulous illustrations of the Battle of Fort Sumter.  Newspaper thumbnails will take you to a large, readable version of that page.


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Inside Fort Sumter During the Bombardment

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Attack on Fort Sumter

Attack on Fort Sumter

Battle of Fort Sumter

This original Harper's Weekly leaf shows a stunning illustration of the confederate batteries firing on Fort Sumter. 

While the confederates had fired on the "Star of the West" some months ago, the illustration above captures the

first significant battle of the Civil War.



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