On this day, April 12, 1861, Confederate forces opened fire on Fort Sumter, the nearly completed federal garrison positioned on a man-made island in South Carolina’s Charleston harbor. The date is considered the official starting point of Civil War.
During the tenuous weeks and months prior to the outbreak of the shooting war, Fort Sumter became a focal point of the secession crisis with important symbolism for those on either side of the conflict. For Confederate sympathizers, generally, Fort Sumter was a persistent visible reminder that South Carolina’s sovereignty — claimed for itself upon its secession.
Did your secession begin on this date? Did you get the Summer Home or was it sold into real-estate? When did your marriage go South? Share your war stories, Mrs. No More’s.
It will help others in country to know that one day they will soon be “Free at last; free at last; thank God Almighty we are free at last.”