This Day In History: April 12

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On April 12, 1861, the American Civil War began. This date will forever go down in history as the start of the bloodiest war in America. Prior to this day, Abraham Lincoln's presidential victory led the southern states to secede from the Union. The secession came out of the issue of slavery. Lincoln's refusal to remove Union soldiers out of the South began the Confederate's attack on Fort Sumter in South Carolina.