Fort Sumter National Monument tells the stories of people who changed America during some of its most trying years. Those stories range from regular citizens defending their homes behind a palmetto log fort while the most powerful navy in the world attacked, to former colleagues commanding opposing armies, to an enslaved African American risking his life to better the lives of four million; all shaping the history of the United States. Explore this part of our website to learn more about these and more incredible stories about these people.
Did You Know?
The first human death of the Civil War occurred on April 14, 1861, the day after the battle of Fort Sumter ended. Private Daniel Hough died when the cannon he was loading (for the Union's 100-gun salute to the U.S. flag) discharged prematurely. Fort Sumter National Monument, SC