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The War Begins!

2011 is the 150 year anniversary of the start of the American Civil War. It all began at Fort Sumter, in Charleston, South Carolina harbor on April 11, 1861. A surrender of the fort was requested by Confederate Brigadier General Pierre G. T. Beauregard, but Federal commander, Major Robert Anderson, refused. The first shot of the American Civil War was fired from a Confederate artillery battery at 4:30 a.m. April 12, 1861. After artillery exchanges that continued through April 13th, the fort was evacuated on April 14th.Following this, Lincoln issued a proclamation that called for 75,000 militia for ninety days’ service, to put down “combinations too powerful to be suppressed”. The American Civil War had officially begun.

This is an important anniversary that should spark a lot of interest in the war between the States. Events are planned all over the country, including battle reenactments, seminars, symposiums and lectures. New movies set during and after the war are being developed as well. Books and other Civil War paraphernalia should be in demand, also.

Tomorrow, I’ll be posting an excerpt from my award winning Civil War romance, Confederate Rose, for our Saturday Excerpt post. I’ll also be giving away a copy of the book, so be sure to come back tomorrow to post a comment and be entered for the giveaway.

I hope this will be an exciting year for everything Civil War, as well as the next four years that will follow the war years from 1861 to 1865.

For more on the start of the American Civil War, visit this site.



  1. You are definitely our resident expert on the Civil War, Susan. Thanks for giving us the history of how this all started.

  2. Thanks, Paisley!

    I’ve already seen repeats of Ken Burn’s Civil War documentary on all the public broadcast channels and ‘Gone With the Wind’ aired on Turner’s Classic Movie station a couple of nights ago.

    I also saw a trailer on television for the new movie about the trial after Lincoln’s assassination.

    The Civil War is back!

  3. Debby Lee says:

    I so love all things Civil War. I too am hoping we see a lot more Civil War related things these next four years. Thanks for the great post.
    Sincerely, Debby Lee

  4. Me too, Debby Lee! This should be an exciting few years for everything Civil War.

    Check out my next post and you can have the chance to win my Civil War romance, Confederate Rose.

  5. Susan,
    I read your post yesterday, and I’m glad you’re blogging about the Civil War for the 150th anniversary. Amazing to think it’s been that long.
    I watched a TV program last night about genealogy and there was an interesting segment about the actress’s ancestor in the Civil War.

  6. It’s important to remember our past, especially US history. I think we’ll be seeing a lot of tv shows and movies dealing with the war.

  7. Judson says:

    I am a southerner by birth and heritage. I struggle with how to address the fact that many of my ancestors participated and some died fighting for the Confederacy.

    At the risk of being forward, I wouuld submit a blog entry I made recently in hopes that it would add to the discussion.

    — Judson

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