Confederate Troops attacked Fort Sumter- Civil War begins.
The states that had seceded had seized United States property within their borders. One post that had not been taken was Fort Sumter on an island in the harbor of Charleston, South Carolina. The Confederate government demanded the surrender of this fort. Lincoln chose to refuse, and sent ships with supplies to help the troops holding Fort Sumter. Before the supply ships could arrive, however, the Confederates attacked the fort and forced it to surrender. With this act the Civil War had begun.