"The Confederate attack on Fort Sumter in 1861 marked the beginning of the American Civil War. Federal troops eventually surrendered after 36 hours of open fire. The controversial election of Abraham Lincoln, the contentious issue of slavery, and the South's demand for states' rights all factored into this momentous event. This book, an excellent Civil War resource, also delves into other key moments of the war that followed. A detailed timeline, historical paintings, and actual Civil War photographs bring to life the terrible conflict that divided a country."-- Publisher's website.