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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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