Throughout the early days and months of 1861 the Southern States had been seceding from the Union. But it was on April 12, 1861 that the country fell into Civil War. On that day, Confederate troops fired on Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor.
This year we commemorate the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War. The National Parks Service offers timelines, events at national parks and a database of the names of more than 6 million servicemen who fought on both sides in the war. The NPS site even has a fictional reporter named Beglan O’Brien relating day-by-day accounts of the war.
If you are interested in the causes of the war check out Apostles of Disunion by Charles Dew, Allegiance: Fort Sumter, Charleston and the Beginning of the Civil War by David Detzer, Lincoln President-elect: Abraham Lincoln and the Great Secession Winter by Harold Holzer, Why the Civil War Came edited by Gabor Boritt, Year of Meteors: Stephen Douglas, Abraham Lincoln, and the Election That Brought On the Civil War by Douglas R. Egerton.
If reading about these battles sparks an interest in seeing the battlefields for yourself, check out some of the travel books Syosset Library has to help you in planning your trip:
- Jeff Shaara’s Civil War Battlefields
- Insiders’ Guide to Civil War Sites in the Eastern Theater
- Insiders’ Guide to Civil War Sites in the Southern States
- The Smithsonian’s Great Battles and Battlefields of the Civil War