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340 Concord Street
Charleston, SC 29401


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Only available by boat, Fort Sumter is famous for seeing the first shot of the Civil War

Fort Sumter marks the beginning of the Civil War. Decades of growing strife between North and South erupted on April 12, 1861 when Confederate artillery opened fire on this Federal fort in Charleston Harbor. Fort Sumter surrendered 34 hours later. Union forces would try for nearly four years to take it back. Before you get on the boat to Fort Sumter, you can explore the Visitor Education Center. There are also many artifacts to see at the actual fort, including an original flag. History Trivia: The first death during the Civil War was an accident here at Fort Sumter. As Federal troops surrended to the Confederates, the Union soldiers lowered their flag. A premature discharge during the 100-gun salute caused an explosion that killed Pvt. Daniel Hough of the 1st U.S. Artillery.