on August 3, 2003
National Park Service rangers present history talks. A museum displays relics from the fort. Fort Sumter, a brick fortication built 1829-60 on a man-made island in Charleston Harbor, is accessible only by boat. On April 12, 1861, Confederate troops directed the opening shots of the Cival War against Fort Sumter, and, after a two-day bombardment, the small Union garrison surrendered.
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