The Civil War lasted from 1861 to 1865 and led to over 618,000 casualties. April 12, the Civil War began with shots fired on the fort. Fort Sumter eventually was surrendered to South Carolina.
Its causes can be traced back to tensions that formed early in the nation’s history. Following are the top five causes that led to the “War Between the States.”
1. Economic and social differences between the North and the South.
2. States versus federal rights.
3. The fight between Slave and Non-Slave State Proponents.
4. Growth of the Abolition Movement.
5. The election of Abraham Lincoln.