Battle of Fort Sumter and The Start of the Civil War
By Taylor Quiring
Main Causes of the Civil War:
* Economic and social differences between the North and the South.
* States versus federal rights.
* The question about slavery.
* Growth of the Abolition movement.
* The election of 1860
* More States from the South seceded
* Seized federal forts, and arsenals.
* Wanted to take control of Fort Sumter while Anderson and his men were trying to protect it.
* Confederates fired upon Fort Sumter.
*First shot was curved high in the sky and it exploded right over the fort on April 12 1861.
*Two enemies began shooting cannons.
* Went on and off for about 34 hours.
* Anderson surrendered and put up their white flag.
* South had won the battle without anyone dying.
* Since the confederates fired first they had allowed Lincoln to claim the high ground.
* The Northern states followed Lincoln. Southern states were with Jefferson Davis.
* Thought that the shooting was done, there was an accidental explosion and a man was killed in it.
* During the battle, one horse was killed, but other than that, no one was killed and they said that not enough blood was spilled to fill a thimble.
The Battle of Fort Sumter was a bloodless battle leading to the bloodiest war in America's History of wars.
Deverell William. United States History. Orlando et al: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 2009
The World Book Encyclopedia, 1999. Volume 7, " Fort Sumter," pg. 416