(Ft. Sumter Flag)
150 years ago today (April 12, 1861) the first shots of the American Civil War were fired at Fort Sumter, SC. South Carolina had seceeded from the Union in December 1860 followed by Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisianna & Texas by February 1st, 1861. But no shots had been fired until April 12th. Virginia, Arkansas, North Carolina and Tennessee would join the Confederacy within 2 months of the battle of Fort Sumter. Just under 4 years and over 600,000 casualties later, Lee surrendered at Appomattox.
I've been to quite a few Civl War sites, but not Fort Sumter. I need to put it on my to-do list.
The attached photo is from Antietam Battlefield, site of the bloodiest 1-day battle in American History. Taken in 1996 (IIRC), approximate spot 39.4761, -77.7462.