On April 12, 1861, forces from the Confederate States of America attacked the United States military garrison at Fort Sumter, South Carolina. Less than two days later, the fort surrendered. Only one (U.S.) soldier lost his life. The battle, however, started the Civil War, the bloodiest conflict in American history.Seven states, including South Carolina, had seceded from the U.S. months earlier. Attempts by President James Buchanan to supply U.S. troops at Fort Sumter had failed. When new President Abraham Lincoln (in office just over a month) told South Carolina’s governor that he, too, would try to supply U.S. troops at the fort, South Carolina demanded all U.S. troops evacuate Fort Sumter immediately. U.S. troops did not evacuate, but, met with overwhelming force, surrendered on April 14.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry Civil War Noun
(1860-1865) American conflict between the Union (north) and Confederacy (south).
having to do with the Confederate States of America (south) during the Civil War.
quantity of a product that consumers are willing to buy at a particular price.
to leave or remove from a dangerous place.
military outpost, area, or set of buildings.
military post, or the soldiers who are stationed there.
elected or appointed leader of a state or area.
at once or quickly.
to completely overpower.
organized resistance to an authority.
to withdraw from part of a union or alliance.
to end, prohibit, or not allow certain activities.
to give up.