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        Civil War Battles: Fort Sumter | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        View images of the battle of Fort Sumter and ruins of the Fort, which Confederate forces took. The Battle of Fort Sumter took place on April 12, 1861, in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina. Fort Sumter is considered to be the site of the first shots fired during the war. After Abraham Lincoln was elected to the presidency, southern states attempted to secede from the Union in protest over what they saw as a threat to states’ rights, particularly in the opposition the new president and northern states had to slavery. 

        Bombardment of Fort Sumter, Charleston Harbor | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Currier & Ives lithograph of the bombardment of Fort Sumter, Charleston Harbor: 12th & 13th of April, 1861. Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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        The Sea Face of Fort Sumter, Showing Broken Guns, Shot, and Debris | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Image of two men seated amidst the debris of the south western exterior of Fort Sumter. One man leans on a damaged cannon below the chevaux-de-frise, the other is at the far right, sitting on debris. Photo: George N. Barnard (1819-1902). Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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