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More books have been written about the Civil War than any other event in American history. 2011-2015 marks the 150th commemoration of the Civil War.

While there were several causes for the Civil War, the 80 year debate over slavery between Northern and Southern states became the most important. The Civil War began with a successful Confederate assault on Fort Sumter in 1861. Most of the war was fought in the South, although the largest single battle was in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  

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