One hundred and fifty years ago, President Lincoln had maneuvered the County into forcing the first shots of the Civil War in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina. Over the past few weeks, a dilemma had faced the United States: with provisions running low at Fort Sumter, Federal troops stationed at the fort were in need of supplies. Located within the borders of the sovereign seceded state of South Carolina, the Confederate government demanded the immediate evacuation of Federal troops, or else be “reduced”.
During the early morning hours of April 11, 1861, with the Federal troops still occupying the fort, the Confederate artillery unleashed a bombardment upon Fort Sumter, forcing the Confederate States of America to fire the first shot of the war. Below is an account found in an April, 1861 Pine Bluff newspaper regarding the early morning bombardment:
“Firing continued all day- two of the Sumter guns have been silenced, and it is reported that a breach has been made through the south east wall. No casualty has yet happened to any of our forces; only 7 of the 19 batteries have opened fire on Sumter; the remainder are held ready for the expected fleet. Two thousand men reached the city this morning and embarked for Morris Island.”
Following the shelling of Ft. Sumter, a Montgomery, Alabama news source noted that, “Upwards of seven thousand men have offered their services from the Border States.”
Events had been set into motion that simply would not be able to be stopped. The respective countries of the U.S. And C.S. Would find themselves looking down the barrel of a long and tedious ordeal for the next several years. Arkansas remains in the United States for the time being, looking for an excuse to remove themselves from the malevolent command of Lincoln. Arkansas’ day would come very soon.