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Civil War Operations Against Charleston, S.C. I Photos

U.S. Civil War 150th Anniversary

Charleston, S.C. was ensured a place in Civil War history when the first shots of the war were fired at Fort Sumter on April 12-13, 1861. From that moment the city would take on an important place in the psyches of both the Confederacy and the Union. Over the next four years suffering and destruction were visited on Charleston. The city was not only important symbolically as a hotbed of secession, but also strategically as one of the last ports that remained open for Confederate blockade runners. Despite the city being targeted for capture for nearly fours years it was not captured until the last months of the war.

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Steven Hoarn is the Editor/Photo Editor for Defense Media Network. He is a graduate of...