4:30 a.m April 12, 1861, Fort Sumter, Charleston, SC
The first shot is fired and the Civil War started.
That’s technically true but the first shots were fired at least 5 years before this and things just built up until we came to this fateful morning.
Four years later between 620,00 and 700,000 soldiers were dead, more than died in both World Wars.
Is this going unnoticed in the North? Not where I live. The last three years I have studied hard and learned much about my state and the circumstances that led up to and came after this horrible war. It is very complicated. The “Lost Cause” movement wants to say it was about states rights and that certainly was a part of the reason the states secceeded but make no mistake, it was about slavery. Not if it was right or wrong but the economics of slavery. Even in 1860 in the dollars of that time the slave property industry was worth $3.2 BILLION dollars, that is not adjusted for inflation. The south could not afford to loose this asset. I could go on and on about what I have learned but I will save that until I see you.
For today lets remember all those brave soldiers who lost their life, blue and grey. Let’s hope 150 years later their sacrifice has resulted in a better life for the North and the South but at a very great price.