Lead: At 4:30 a.m. on April 12, 1861, after months of preparation, threat and posturing war erupted between the several United States of America. Southern forces attacked Ft. Sumter in Charleston harbor.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: The Battle of Fort Sumter was the first engagement of the Civil War. South Carolina, the first to secede from the Union, had seized all Federal property in South Carolina. All except Fort Sumter. It had been one of three national forts in Charleston Harbor. Major Robert Anderson, its commander under orders from Washington, refused to surrender the fort, and by April 1861 tensions were high.