On April 12, 1861, 150 years ago, Confederate forces launched an attack on Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina. Fort Sumter was one of the few bases still under the control of the Union in Southern territory. This effectively began the American Civil War, a costly war in which over 625,000 soldiers from both North and South forces were killed – more Americans killed than in both world wars combined. The war lasted from 1861 to 1865. For more information on the American Civil War, please visit your Jacinto City Library.