The Opening Clashes Begin!


The Civil War begins: opening clashes, 1861
Over one hundred fifty years have passed since the
start of the American Civil War, and this titanic conflict continues to matter. The forces unleashed by that war were immensely destructive because of the significant issues involved: the existence of the Union, the end of slavery, and the very future of the nation. The war remains our most contentious, and our bloodiest, with over six hundred thousand killed in the course of the four-year struggle. You will read the details and analysis of the opening clashes of the War Between the States in 1861, including Fort Sumter, Virginia and Bull Run, the Fight for Missouri, Belmont, and Port Royal. Author Jennifer Murray examines the successes and challenges of both the Union and the Confederate forces during the early days of the Civil War. Notable battles discussed include: Fort Sumter, South Carolina; Bull Run, Virginia; Wilson’s Creek, Missouri; Cape Hatteras, North Carolina; and Port Royal, South Carolina. This brochure includes six maps and three tables.

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