The First Gun is Fired!
Chicago’s citizens reacted almost immediately to the firing on Fort Sumter. On April 18, 1861, Chicagoans gathered at a rally near Clark and Randolph streets to formally pledge their support for saving the Union. They sang The First Gun is Fired! “May God Protect the Right!” the earliest of many wartime songs composed by George Frederick Root’s Chicago firm, Root and Cady.
Within Fort Sumter was one of many wartime books to recount events there, providing readers at home with firsthand descriptions of the battle.