On 12 April 1861, the American Civil War began when Confederates fired upon Fort Sumter, SC. Shown here are images from the collection of the Library of Congress.
Top: List of officers, men, mechanics and employees in Fort Sumter, April 12, 1861. Printed Ephemera Collection; Portfolio 173, Folder 11.
Middle Left: Fort Sumter: Charleston Harbor, S.C., hand-colored lithograph by Currier & Ives. LC-USZC2-2354
Middle Right: Large American flag flying over a burning Fort Sumter. Beige envelope with red, blue and black ink. Image on left side, New York Historical Society. PR-022-3-15-14
Bottom: Cover of Harper’s Weekly, nine men in uniform posing, including Capt. Abner Doubleday (1819-1893), often (mistakenly) credited by some as the originator of baseball, who aimed first shot fired at Confederates in Civil War. Anderson, Robert; Crawford, Samuel, Wylie, 1829-1892; Foster,John Gray, 1823-1874; Seymour, Truman, 1824-1891; Snyder, Lt. G. W.; Davis, Jefferson Columbus, 1828-1879; Meade, 2nd Lt. R. K.; Talbot, 1st Lt. T. Reproduction Number: LC-USZ62-59828