Civil War, Coincidence & Fate


Sited on a tiny island at the heads of Charleston Harbour, South Carolina, Fort Sumter is where the Civil War broke out, just after Abe Lincoln’s election on a platform to abolish slavery yet hold the Union together. The Fort was abandoned by the Yankees on 14 April 1861, and the celebration of its recapture 5 years later on 14 April again. Lincoln turned down the invite to attend the hoisting of Old Glory, as he had theatre tickets that weekend. Bad choice – he was shot at that event.

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