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Fort Sumter

Located in the harbor of Charleston, South Carolina, Fort Sumter is famous as the target of the first shots of the Civil War, fired on April 12, 1861, by Confederates artillery that ringed the harbor. After 34 hours of intermittent bombardment, the Union garrison of the fort, under the command of Major Robert Anderson, surrendered.

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The Supermarine Spitfire and the Battle of Britain

The Supermarine Spitfire and the Battle of Britain

The Supermarine Spitfire was Britain’s first line of defense in the Battle of Britain in 1940. Afterward it helped the Allies turn the tide of war on multiple fronts.

The Greatest High Seas Duel of the American Civil War

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The clash between the CSS Alabama and the USS Kearsarge would become the greatest high seas confrontation of the entire Civil War.

The Port Chicago Disaster: The Largest Mutiny Trial in U.S. History

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When a massive explosion shook Port Chicago, a key naval depot near San Francisco, the shockwaves set off the largest mutiny trial in U.S. history.

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