Named after general thomas sumter, a revolutionary war hero, fort sumter was built atop a sandbar at the entrance to charleston harbor to protect the. Fort sumter, south carolina, viewed from a sandbar in charleston harbor. By late february, fort sumter had become a key symbol of whether the confederate states exercised sovereignty over their territory south carolina demanded. The firing on fort sumter on april 12, 1861, was a fateful moment — one of the most profound in us history — and in many ways the moment. On april 12, 1861, captain george s james fired the first confederate shot at fort sumter in charleston, south carolina, leading to a day and a half-long siege ,.
Fort sumter, located at the entrance to the charleston harbor, was built after the war of 1812 as one of a series of forts protecting the southern coast of the. Fort sumter is a sea fort in charleston, south carolina, notable for two battles of the american civil war it was one of a number of special forts planned after the. Jump to: fort sumter attacked - first bull run - shiloh - second bull run - antietam - fredericksburg - chancellorsville - gettysburg - chickamauga.
The official fort sumter tour company, with the only boats that actually dock at ft sumter, site of the first shots fired in the american civil war. Nearly a century of discord between north and south finally exploded in april 1861 with the bombardment of fort sumter. Park superintendent tim stone welcomed the media to fort moultrie before they went by boat to fort sumter. Fort sumter will forever go down in history as the location of the opening shots of the civil war on april 12, 1861 the cartographic branch. At the fort sumter visitor education center, extensive museum exhibits tell the story of growing sectionalism and strife between the north and the south, and.
Find out more about the history of fort sumter, including videos, interesting articles, pictures, historical features and more get all the facts on historycom. Fort sumter as seen from fort moultrie after the war of 1812, the united states decided that it would be wise to modernize the country's coastal defenses. Robert anderson moved a small garrison of men to fort sumter, located on a sandbar in charleston harbor the fort was still under construction but anderson . Explore the charming and historical city of charleston then travel to fort sumter and learn about the place where the us civil war began. Fort sumter definition: a fort in se south carolina , guarding charleston harbour its capture by confederate | meaning, pronunciation, translations and.
Battle of fort sumter summary: the battle of fort sumter was the first battle of the american civil war the intense confederate artillery bombardment of major. Your browser does not currently recognize any of the video formats available click here to visit our frequently asked questions about html5. This evening, i will suggest some rethinking of a common belief that south carolina impetuously fired on fort sumter and began the war against southern. Fort sumter the island fort where the civil war began fort sumter tours is an authorized national park service concessioner we provide the only.
The civil war began at 4:30 am on april 12, 1861 at ft sumter, charleston, sc. From lincoln's election to the formation of the confederacy and fort sumter. The latest tweets from fort sumter nps (@ftsumternps) official twitter feed of fort sumter national monument, including fort moultrie part of the national. Learn about where the american civil war began and fort sumter's role as a national park service site from park rangers and visitors.