On April 12, 1861, at 4:30 a.m., with their first shot above Fort Sumter, Confederate forces signaled the beginning of their attack on the Union garrison. For the next thirty-four hours, shots were fired back and forth, culminating in the surrender of the fort by U.S. Major Robert Anderson. The Confederate Army claimed victory, occupied the fort, and the Civil War began.
Two months prior to the attack on Fort Sumter, Texans overwhelmingly voted in favor of secession. Four long and arduous years later, the Confederacy surrendered, but defeat led to a vitally positive result for Texas: the destruction of the “Peculiar Institution” of slavery and freedom for the state’s 200,000 enslaved people.
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