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Civil War anniversary: 13 questions 150 years later

William Farley, second from left, fires a mortar at Fort Johnson, near Fort Sumter, to commemorate the moment the first shots of the Civil War were fired 150 years ago in Charleston, S.C. on Tuesday, April 12. (Alice Keeney/AP)

On April 12, 1861, long-simmering tensions between North and South ignited and began the four-year War Between the States. In a recent Pew Research Center survey, more than half of Americans said that the Civil War is still relevant to US politics. Test your knowledge of the Civil War by taking this short quiz.

- Ross Atkin

1. Where did the Civil War begin?

The first shots of the Civil War occurred when Confederate troops fired on Fort Sumter in Charleston, S.C., on April 12, 1861. Troops defending the US military post surrendered after a 34-hour conflict. The fort, located in Charleston Harbor, was one of only two in the South still under US control as the war started. The other was Fort Pickens in Florida.

The first shots of the Civil War occurred when Confederate troops fired on Fort Sumter in Charleston, S.C., on April 12, 1861. Troops defending the US military post surrendered after a 34-hour conflict. The fort, located in Charleston Harbor, was one of only two in the South still under US control as the war started. The other was Fort Pickens in Florida.

The first shots of the Civil War occurred when Confederate troops fired on Fort Sumter in Charleston, S.C., on April 12, 1861. Troops defending the US military post surrendered after a 34-hour conflict. The fort, located in Charleston Harbor, was one of only two in the South still under US control as the war started. The other was Fort Pickens in Florida.

The first shots of the Civil War occurred when Confederate troops fired on Fort Sumter in Charleston, S.C., on April 12, 1861. Troops defending the US military post surrendered after a 34-hour conflict. The fort, located in Charleston Harbor, was one of only two in the South still under US control as the war started. The other was Fort Pickens in Florida.

Gettysburg, Pa.

 

Charleston, S.C.

 

Petersburg, Va.

 

Vicksburg, Miss.

 
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