Tuesday, April 12, 2011
April 12, 2011 special
On this day in 1861, at 4:30 in the morning, rebel batteries opened fire on the federal stronghold of Fort Sumter, kicking off the American Civil War. This long and bloody conflict, which would lead to the liberation of the long-oppressed African slaves, would be the the most bloody war in American history. Over 600,000 people died as a result of the war, and places like Shiloh and Gettysburg were forever etched into the American conscience.