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Who won the Battle of Fort Sumter?

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Confederate forces under General P.G.T. Beauregard won the Battle of Fort Sumter, the first armed conflict between the Union and the Confederacy during the U.S. Civil War. Although South Carolina seceded from the Union in December 1860, the Union still occupied Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina.

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When Lincoln announced supplies were due to go to Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861, Confederate forces led by General Beauregard opened fire on the fort. Union Major Robert Anderson occupied the unfinished fort with 85 soldiers and exchanged fire with the Confederates. After 34 hours of bombardment, Anderson surrendered on April 13, 1860, abandoning the fort the next day. No troops were killed in the battle.

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