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Fort Sumter was a turning point in determining the outcome of the Civil War Fort Sumter was built on a man-made island of seashells and granite It was a pentagon shape that was fifty feet high and the walls were eight to twelve feet thick Fort Sumter is located in South Carolina It was a defense system for Charleston Harbor It was named after a Revolutionary War hero from South CarolinaFor one of the causes of the Civil War was that the South demanded that fort Sumter be turned over to its new government United States troops were to leave the fort President Abraham Lincoln refused to let them Lincoln said that Fort Sumter belonged to all of the people of the United States not just to South Carolina The people of South Carolina were determined to have the fort They threatened to starve the men stationed there Lincoln sent food and supplies to the men stationed there The Carolinians fired on the ship and then they fired on the fort and destroyed it That was how the war began Hakim 61On April 13 1861 Fort Sumter surrendered after heavy bombardment to Confederate forces Accounts of this victory created wild excitement in North Carolina The Union was deeply saddened that war had started On the other hand the South was ecstatic Hakim 62President Lincoln had a major role in the Civil War Lincoln refused to withdraw soldiers from Fort Sumter He sent a supply ship after the South threatened to stop supplying them He differed with other northern leaders by that the other leaders told him to back out and Lincoln did not listen to them He refused to let the South leave the United States Lincoln proclaimed a blockade on April 16 1861 The blockade extended from Virginia to Texas At the time it was impossible for the federal government to enforce a blockade of the coastline measuring almost four thousand miles and containing
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