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Fort Sumter

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• Pierre Beauregard
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Robert Anderson

Definition: federal fort commanded by Major Robert Anderson and taken by Confederate forces under the command of General Pierre G.T. Beauregard on April 12, 1861. This action began the Civil War.

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The Civil War
The Civil War was one of the most devastating events in American History. Read about the causes, see the heroes, and share the horror. Start here.

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Fort Sumter
More about the famous fort.

Battle of Fort Sumter Official Records and Battle Description
Read about the historic battle from the sources who saw it and made it happen.

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