150 years have passed since the first shots were fired of the American Civil War.
forces started the bombardment of Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861, which forced the U.S army off the fort for about 34 hours. Interestingly no one died in this bombardment but two Union soldiers did die due to an accidental cannon explosion during the surrender ceremony.
In December 1860, Union soldiers had captured the fort under the command of U.S Majorwhich controls the Charleston harbor. The 85 soldiers were unable to receive supplies for months and this became the first crisis in President Abraham Lincoln’s administration.
On April 10, Brig. Gen. Beauregard, backed by 500 troops, called for the surrender of Union troops, and after they refused, Confederate forces fired. The assault began at 4:30 a.m. on April 12. Although Union forces returned fire, they were heavily outmanned, outgunned, and under-supplied.
After Anderson's surrender support mounted on both sides for a call to war. Lincoln immediately called for 75,000 troops to suppress the rebellion in the South, officially igniting the Civil War.