Battle for Sumter (6/20)

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The first shots fired in the Civil War were over water as a naval battle at Fort Sumter. Union forces were out-gunned and out-manned by nearly 8-to-1, with only 85 soldiers at the ready. While numbers on either side were small, the battle was significant, having lit the powder keg that would drive battles between the north and south for the next four years. Though no lives were lost as part of the exchange, the battle drove a wedge between the rebellion forces and their Union counterparts. It triggered the initial call by President Abraham Lincoln for 75,000 Union conscripts for the north and the hope for a fledgling confederacy in the south as additional states seceded the Union to help in the effort. 

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Written by Nicholas