Debate continues on who fired Civil War's first shot
Lt. Henry Saxon Farley stood at his post in the early morning hours of April 12, 1861, watching over two seacoast mortars in Fort Johnson's beach battery on James Island, aimed at Fort Sumter.
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#1 Apr 13, 2011
Doesn't really matter who fired the first shot.
What matters is WHY was it fought at all. I heard the most outrageous statement today on a Washington, D.C. station saying that slavery was under covered in discussion about the civil war. The way WE learned in school, it was the main cause.
Now that I'm an adult I know it was a WHOLE LOT MORE complicated than that; and that we never really resolved the state's rights issue.
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