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.
Abraham Lincoln's election spurred the slave-holding states of the Deep South to secede.
The North continues its efforts to crush the rebellion and pushes the Confederacy to the brink of collapse.
Confederate armies pull together and push the Federals back to the gates of Washington.
The first Confederate invasion is stopped in the fall, while winter Union counterthrusts meet with disaster.
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The Washington Post continues its special coverage of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War.