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Notorious secessionist "fire-eater" Edmund Ruffin commits suicide at his Virginia plantation

Edmund Ruffin, Brady image, detail
06/17/1865
Seventy-one year-old South Carolina native Edmund Ruffin, one of the most vocal of secessionist "fireeaters" and the man often credited with firing the first shot at Fort Sumter in 1861, shot himself to death in his study after breakfast at his plantation home of "Redmoor" in Amelia County, Virginia. His final diary entry condemned the "perfidious, malignant, & vile Yankee race." (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Eric H. Walther, The Fire-Eaters (Baton Rouge, LA: University of Louisiana Press, 1992), 229-231.

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