Where Is Fort Sumter?


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Fort Sumter is located on an island of Charleston Harbor in South Carolina, United States. The isolated stronghold became the historical site for the first battle engagement during the American Civil War.

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The Northern commander Major Robert Anderson occupied the fort after South Carolina's secession from the Union. Fearing an imminent attack from the Southern army, Anderson garrisoned his men around the island and prepared to fight. The major refused to yield after being offered terms of surrender by Confederate General P. T. Beauregard. On April 12, 1861, Fort Sumter was heavily assaulted by artillery fire for a relentless 34-hour period, at the end of which the fort finally surrendered. The most remarkable thing about the battle was that not a single person died.

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