Reenactors fire mortars Tuesday at the Pitt Street Bridge near Fort Sumter, to commemorate moment the first shots of the Civil War were fired 150 years ago in Charleston, S.C.
(AP Photo/Alice Keeney)
Reenactors fire mortars Tuesday at the Pitt Street Bridge near Fort Sumter, to commemorate moment the first shots of the Civil War were fired 150 years ago in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Alice Keeney)
published Tuesday, April 12th, 2011
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CHARLESTON, S.C. — Booming cannons, plaintive period music and hushed crowds ushered in the 150th anniversary of America’s bloodiest war on Tuesday, a commemoration that continues to underscore a racial divide that had plagued the nation since before the Civil War.

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