Today marks the 150th Anniversary of the first shots of the American Civil War, or as people around here like to call it, The War of Northern Aggression.
Here are a few tidbits of information, links and videos regarding The Battle of Fort Sumter that took place from April 12th to the 13th in the year 1861...
For more information, visit the National Park Service Fort Sumter website.
Civil War re-enactors fire cannon from the Old Pitt Street Bridge in Mt. Pleasant toward Fort Sumter on the morning of April 12, 2011 marking the 150th anniversary of the first shots of the American Civil War.
This C-SPAN program is part of the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War on April 12, 1861.
After finishing with his survey of the manner in which historians have explained the coming of the Civil War, Professor Blight focuses on Fort Sumter. After months of political maneuvering, the Civil War began when Confederates fired on Fort Sumter, in the harbor outside Charleston, SC. The declaration of hostilities prompted four more states--Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Arkansas--to secede. Professor Blight closes the lecture with a brief discussion of some of the forces that motivated Americans--North and South--to go to war.