The Gazette: Episode 1 – The War Begins

On April 12, 1861, Southern militia forces opened fire on the US Army garrison inside Fort Sumter near Charleston, South Carolina. The Civil War had begun.

In this episode, we examine Pittston’s immediate response to the attack on Fort Sumter and the garrison’s surrender. We also take a look Abraham Lincoln’s call for troops, an advertisement for a local store exploiting the chaotic state of national affairs, and a disaster that took place in April 1861 at a nearby coal mining operation that nearly killed several families.

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The bombardment of Fort Sumter in April 1861 (NPS)

Featured Image: An illustration showing the Confederate bombardment of Fort Sumter and an excerpt from the Pittston Gazette’s April 18, 1861 edition.

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