This Day in Dayton, 12 and 13 April
The Civil War came to Dayton, as it came everywhere else, on Friday, April 12, 1861, when Union troops were fired on at Fort Sumter, in the harbor at Charleston, South Carolina.
If Dayton was like other towns in the state, as described by Julia Levering in her book “Historic Indiana” (published in 1909), on Saturday, April 13, 1861, the streets were full of people as reports of the siege of Fort Sumter circulated. Although it was market day, businesses closed: shop owners just locked their doors and waited. Townspeople and farmers from the surrounding area congregated in town, awaiting further news. The news of Sumter’s fall came at 10:00 that night.