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Mark Pennell sits at the helm of his time machine.Mark's Almanac is a 90-second time travel that highlights the world's history from the very serious to the sometimes sublime.

Mark's Almanac for April 13, 2021

 A lithograph showing the bombardment of Fort Sumter by Confederate forces in April 1861.
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A lithograph showing the bombardment of Fort Sumter by Confederate forces in April, 1861.

It was on this date in 1861 that the Battle of Fort Sumter came to an end when Union forces surrendered to Confederate forces. It would mark the start of the U.S. Civil War.