Proud the son.

March to Fall.  

Weep mother. (Haiku)

The shot first fired was not when you think!  The first action considered as an Act of War by the Southern states occurred when Federal authorities sent supplies and reinforcements to Fort Sumter during the Buchanan administration, before Lincoln was even inaugurated!  On 9 January 1861, the steamer Star of the West was fired upon by order of South Carolina state officials and forced to withdraw!  This was three months before the generally accepted date that Sumter was attacked (Andrews page 271).

Bombardment of Fort Sumter, 12 April 1861.

It may surprise you to learn that Fort Sumter was unoccupied until shortly before this act.  As war vessels, supplies, and men were on the way from New York, President Davis accepted this proceeding as an act of war. Accordingly, Major Robert Anderson, in command of Fort Sumter, was called upon to surrender the fort he had so recently occupied. He refused, and on the 12th of April, 1861, the date of the arrival off Charleston of the Federal fleet, Sumter was bombarded by General P. G. T. Beauregard, in command of the Confederate forces at that point. On the following day, Anderson, after a gallant but hopeless defense, surrendered, and his small command of less than 100 men was permitted to march out with the honors of war. The Federal fleet outside Charleston harbor took no part in the combat.

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