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The American Civil War Erupts: The Attack on Fort Sumter
FEATURE STORY April 2011 marks the 150th anniversary of the Confederate shelling of Fort Sumter, located on an island in Charleston Harbor and commanded by Union major Robert Anderson. The shots fired here during April 12–13, 1861, represent the first of the Civil War—the nation's bloodiest conflict. A number of special events and exhibits have been planned to commemorate the sesquicentennial of this pivotal moment in American history. READ MORE NEED TO KNOW This section offers a wealth of ABC-CLIO reference items, maps, images, and documents that explore the events, individuals, and ideas surrounding the bombardment of Fort Sumter and the start of the Civil War. The introductory essay provides a detailed overview of the attack on Fort Sumter, as well as the Confederate and Union responses to the first shots of the conflict. READ MORE EXAMINE On March 29, 1861, President Abraham Lincoln asked each member of his cabinet to share his thoughts on the controversial question of whether or not to resupply the besieged Fort Sumter. This guided writing exercise, in which students assume Lincoln's task of making the difficult final decision based on the divided opinions of his cabinet, is an excellent way to develop critical thinking skills. READ MORE
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American Civil War: The Essential Reference Guide
American Civil War: The Essential Reference Guide
The Civil War Naval Encyclopedia
The Civil War Naval Encyclopedia
World at War: Understanding Conflict and Society
World at War: Understanding Conflict and Society
This essential reference work helps promote a thorough understanding of the conflict that divided the nation and proved more costly in terms of human suffering than any in American history. More Long overlooked in favor of land engagements, this is the first encyclopedia to analyze the naval aspects of the American Civil War. More Recently revised, improved and expanded, this user-friendly database is an invaluable online resource that presents comprehensive information and unique insights into the military conflicts that have defined our world from its beginning to today. More
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