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The American Civil War began at Fort Sumter when Confederates fired upon Union soldiers on April 12, 1861. Learn from compelling exhibits at the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center which is free. To visit Fort Sumter, you will have to take a ferry ride through the National Park Service authorized concession-operated ferry, or a personal boat. Ferries leave from Charleston/Liberty Square or Mt. Pleasant/Patriots Point. Advance reservations are highly recommended. During the ferry ride park rangers enlighten with an enriching history lesson, and views from the water are fabulous. Keep your eyes out for dolphins. At the fort, take a self-guided tour to explore the fort construction, barracks, Officer’s and Enlisted Men’s Quarters, cannons, and more. Don’t miss one of the ranger-led programs.
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