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probably the most historically significant event in charleston is the confederate attack on fort sumter. fort sumter was built after the war of 1812 to protect charleston from attack. it was one of a series of forts on the southern coast that was built with slave labor. on april 12 th 1861 general p.g.t. beauregard CSA ordered the shelling of the union forces at fort sumter. it is rumored that edmund ruffin fired the first shot at fort sumter, this act began the civil war. on april 13 th 1861 major anderson surrendered fort sumter to the confederates. union forces bombarded fort sumter for four years and the confederate forces finally surrendered to general william t. sherman on february 17 th 1865. fort sumter is a must see sight for anyone interested in american history.
Address: charleston harbor
Directions: tour boats leave daily from patriots point in mt. pleasant and from the city of charleston next to the south carolina aquarium.
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