Fort Sumter, Charleston, South Carolina

A visit to Fort Sumter is a must-stop for any Civil War buff when visiting Charleston. About Fort Sumter, the National Park Service says:

Decades of growing strife between North and South erupted in civil war on April 12, 1861, when Confederate artillery opened fire on this Federal fort in Charleston Harbor. Fort Sumter surrendered 34 hours later. Union forces would try for nearly four years to take it back.

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