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The Civil War: Abraham Lincoln & Fort Sumter

Historian Craig Symonds

Historian Craig Symonds

Washington, DC
Saturday, June 4, 2011

When Abraham Lincoln took office in 1861, he admitted that he knew “little about ships.”  Yet the first military crisis he faced prior to the start of the Civil War occurred in the Charleston Harbor at Fort Sumter.  Historian Craig Symonds spoke at the National Archives about events leading up to the firing of the first shot.

Updated: Monday, June 6, 2011 at 12:39pm (ET)

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