#3 The War Starts Fort Sumter, South Carolina April 12, 1861


Fort Sumter, S. C. Apr. 12, 1861

WAR BEGINS; FORT IS FIRED ON

Bullets announced the beginning of a war, as Confederate troops opened fire on Fort Sumter this morning. South Carolina, long annoyed by the fort's presence, had demanded its evacuation only yesterday. Fighting valiantly to protect the fort, Northern troops are aware that their provisions are running dangerously low. Notified by President Lincoln that supplies are on the way, Major Anderson, the officer in charge, is reported to be concerned how they will reach Fort Sumter. Confederate troops will make certain that the supplies are not delivered. From Washington comes word that President Lincoln has called his nation to arms. The fear that is running through the public is that the war is going to be long and costly for North and South.