Civil War 150

Part 2: Fury Unleashed

Years of built up tension are finally released when the opening shots of the Civil War are fired on Fort Sumter.

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Gene Thorp- The Washington Post. Published April 12, 2011.

Part 1: The Road to War

Abraham Lincoln's election spurred the slave-holding states of the Deep South to secede.

Part 3: Northern Resurgence

The North continues its efforts to crush the rebellion and pushes the Confederacy to the brink of collapse.

Part 4: Rebellion Rebound

Confederate armies pull together and push the Federals back to the gates of Washington.

Part 5: A new birth of freedom

The first Confederate invasion is stopped in the fall, while winter Union counterthrusts meet with disaster.

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Civil War 150

The Washington Post continues its special coverage of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War.