The Start of Civil War

On this day in 1861, the tension that had been building for years between the Union and the recently seceded Confederacy broke into Civil War.

Civil War start, The Liberator, Boston MA April 12, 1861 part 1

War begins

The war continued for four long years, during which hundreds of thousands of soldiers were killed on both sides.

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