151 years ago today, Confederate troops under the command of General P.G.T. Beauregard fired upon the Union-held Fort Sumter. This event started the American Civil War. The Civil War was fought over slavery, states rights, and many other issues. The war lasted 4 years and resulted in the deaths of an estimated 750,000 soldiers. It is one of the most historically important events in American history. Several thousand books, movies, and sound recordings have been made about the Civil War. To brush up on your Civil War history, make sure to check out a few items from your Milwaukee Public Library.