Fort Sumter, located at the mouth of Charleston Bay, was where the first shots were fired in the Civil War. The US had a skeleton crew of soldiers and sailors manning the fort under repair, and the Confederates fired on the fort from nearby Fort Moultrie. This caused the US occupants to flee during the night by rowing out to the US Navy fleet. This fleet later reduced the fort to rubble with an artillery barrage to prevent its use by the Confederates.
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