A nicely written summary of the attack on Fort Sumter can be found on the Smithsonian’s page called “The Civil War Begins” In December 1860, a little more than a month after Lincoln’s election, South Carolina’s secession convention, held in Charleston, called on the South to join “a great Slaveholding Confederacy, stretching its arms over … Continue reading This Day in History 1861: Confederacy Starts War With United States to Force an Expansion of Slavery

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