Sunday, April 8, 2012

This Week in History - April 8, 2012

On April 12, 1861, the American Civil War began when Confederate troops under General P.G.T. Beauregard opened fire on the Union-held Fort Sumter located in Charleston, South Carolina. The war between the Union troops (northerners) and the Confederate troops (southerners) continued for four years under the presidency of Abraham Lincoln. When the war ended on April 9, 1965, the US had lost a total of 620,000 soldiers.

For more information, visit http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/the-civil-war-begins.

What do you remember from learning about the US Civil War in your American History class?

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