The January 26, 1861 edition of Harper's Weekly featured
the following illustration, showing a dramatic image of the Guns of Fort
Sumter at the beginning of the Civil War. At this time, Major Anderson
had just occupied the fort, which was in the middle of
While Sumter was well armed, as seen by the picture below, Anderson had only
a small group of soldiers, and they were unprepared for the incredible
bombardment by Rebel P.G.T. Beauregard and thousand of confederate troops.
The bombardment of Fort Sumter kicked off a bloody 4 year
Civil War that claimed hundreds of thousands of American lives.
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