“The first shot arced gracefully over the harbor — exploding above Fort Sumter in a “splendid pyrotechnic exhibition,” as the Mercury newspaper later reported.
It was 4:30 a.m. on Friday, April 12, 1861, and the American Civil War was underway.”
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