• Currier & Ives lithograph depicting the bombardment of Fort Sumter

    Fort Sumter

    National Monument South Carolina

Civil War Sesquicentennial

April 12, 2011 marks the 150th anniversary of America's plunge into its bloodiest war. Fort Sumter National Monument will observe this historic occasion with nine days of living history programs.

For more information, visit the National Park Service Civil War Sesquicentennial site.

Did You Know?

Artist's rendition of the opening shot of the American Civil War with Fort Sumter in the distance.

The first shot of the American Civil War didn't hit anything. It was a 10-inch mortar shell, fired from Fort Johnson, that exploded above Fort Sumter as a signal for Confederate artillery to open fire on the Union-held fort. Fort Sumter National Monument, SC