Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The First Gun of The War

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the shelling of Fort Sumter, the first shots of the American Civil War.

The battle itself would only last thirty-two hours; undermanned and out of ammunition, the Union force holding the fort could only mount a brief defense for honor and principle's sake before surrendering the afternoon of April 13th, 1861. They had suffered only a few casualties but were out of ammunition.

It would be a long four years before the guns again fell silent.

Jim Lacey has an excellent piece on the battle over at National Review; this first battle contained some of the quirks that typified the Civil War - opposing commanders knew one another, men had acquaintances and friends on both sides, journeys were made full circle. It would be a hard, heartbreaking, and strange war.