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Charleston, S.C., Federal squadron dressed with flags for the anniversary of Maj. Robert Anderson's surrender in 1861
Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina, 1865

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Charleston Surrendered
February 18, 1865

South Carolina had been deeply involved in the Civil War from the start. Like other Southern states, South Carolina believed in and defended slavery. Before the war, the state was the first to declare it no longer wanted to be part of United States of America. Then, in April 1861, Confederate troops attacked Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor and the war began. It took four years for the Union to recapture the fort.
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