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Fort Sumter National Monument

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Historic Seacoast Defense

This heritage site is one of 34 forts that were planned to defend the Atlantic shoreline after the War of 1812. It was also the setting for several pivotal events that initiated the Civil War. It includes not only the fort itself but several other locations in and near Charleston Harbor.

On April 12, 1861, this is where the Civil War officially began, when Confederate troops fired on the fort in the early morning hours. The location of the fort, on Sullivan's Island, was also used as a checkpoint for immigration and the slave trade and was set up with customs and quarantine stations throughout its history.

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