“Fort Sumter has fallen”

Am 12. April 1861 begann der Amerikanische Bürgerkrieg.

Fort Sumter has fallen.

At approximately 2:30 p.m. this afternoon, Saturday the 13th, Major Robert Anderson, commander of the installation, agreed to evacuate the massive fortress that he and his troops have occupied for 110 days. His decision followed a 34-hour bombardment that began at 4:30 on Friday morning, after Major Anderson failed to accede to an ultimatum to quit the fort that had been issued by General Pierre G. T. Beauregard of the Confederate army.

The long-anticipated, long-feared war has begun.“

Und ich weise zum wiederholten Male – den auf gutes Zeug kann man ja nicht oft genug hinweisen – auf die hervorragende Serie Disunion der NYT hin.