1861 - The Civil War begins when Confederates fire on Fort Sumter, S.C.
1911 - Lt. Theodore Ellyson qualifies as the first naval aviator.
1962 - The Navy demonstrates a new landing craft,
April 15 On this day. 1861: Following the Confederate shelling of Ft. Sumter, S.C., President Abraham Lincoln called for 75,000 volunteers to join the Union Army. 92,000 did, and the Civil War — the most devastating war in American ...
It was 150 years ago today, in the early morning of April 12, 1861, that the American Civil War officially began. Though Fort Sumter was the official start of the war, it was not the first unofficial battle of the war. When the fram...
1796 - Congress authorizes completion of 3 frigates 1861 - Norfolk Navy Yard abandoned and burned by Union forces. 1914 - In first call to action of naval aviators,
From the Navy News Service: 1861 - Union steamer Star of the West is fired on by the Confederates in Charleston Harbor. 1918 - The Naval Overseas