On this day: the beginning of the American Civil War

The Civil War in the United States began on the 12th of April, 1861 with Confederates firing shots on Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina.

It is estimated that 620 00 to 750 000 people died over the next four years of war.

Attack_on_Fort_Sumter Bombardment of Fort Sumter by the batteries of the Confederate states 12th April 1861.