Civil War 150th Anniversary Marked This Week

By: AP
By: AP

FORT SUMTER NATIONAL MONUMENT (AP) -- April 11, 2011

The opening salvo of the American Civil War will be recreated in the harbor of Charleston, S.C., as part of events marking this week's 150th anniversary of the start of the conflict.

The island stronghold Fort Sumter will be the focus. Part of the
National Park Service, events can go ahead there now that a federal
government shutdown was averted.

Concerts on Monday evening and before dawn Tuesday will precede
a morning recreation of the first canon shot fired at the fort.
Confederate forces demanded that a Union garrison surrender the
fort and bombarded it on April 12, 1861. Union forces later
surrendered.

A cannon will fire every 15 minutes Tuesday, with another
bombardment Tuesday evening. Union re-enactors are in the fort and
Confederate re-enactors ring the harbor.


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