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The Civil War in the WestVictory and Defeat from the Appalachians to the Mississippi$
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Earl J. Hess

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807835425

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807869840_hess

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Spring and Summer 1861

Spring and Summer 1861

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(p.1) 1 Spring and Summer 1861
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The Civil War in the West
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Earl J. Hess

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807869840_hess.4

The Confederate bombardment of Fort Sumter on April 12–14, 1861 was an overt act of violence and lawlessness, solidifying a common cause for Northerners. Another issue that emerged among the Northerners as a further motivation for fighting was the question of sovereignty over Mississippi River, a vast artery of commerce and communications.

Keywords:   Fort Sumter, violence, lawlessness, Northerners, sovereignty, Mississippi River

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