Fort Sumter Visit

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There is something I want to share that I was privileged to enjoy these past two weeks. My son and I went to visit our family in Mt. Pleasant and Charleston, SC. We managed to see some of the historical sites from our lessons while we visited. My Aunt Laura is a Charleston native and is now retired from her job as a staff member where she worked at the White House (Democratic) for many years. The best thing about the trip was the visit because the area is so rich in history. We actually were able to see Fort Sumter from a sunlight boat ride and other less important historical landmarks. The reasons why the Southern states succeeded from the Union were economics, westward expansion, political breakdown, and an enraged populace (Schultz, Mays, Winfree, 2010). The economic situation in the South was less advanced than in the North. The South was very dependent on waterways for trade exchange and less so on the railroad. They grew cotton almost exclusively, depending on the assistance of slaves to produce the crop. The North, on the other hand, grew more staple crops and used all means of transport for trade. The Market Revolution caused the differences to deepen, as the Southern plantation owners were reluctant to experience change. Why should they since things had…show more content…
The federal officers at the fort were waiting for the supply ships to arrive when the governor of South Carolina had General Pierre Beauregard to open fire. The governor, Jefferson Davis, declared that "any attempt to send supplies was an aggressive act against the Confederacy," even though Lincoln had promised there were no weapons aboard. The shelling began on April 12, 1861, and by the next evening, the fort had surrendered. After the battle, Lincoln called for 75,000 volunteers to fight in the war against the South (Schultz, Mays, Winfree,
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