Views on how and why we should mark the 150th Civil War anniversary

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April 12 marks the 150th anniversary of the Confederate bombardment of federal troops at Fort Sumter, S.C., that marked the start of the Civil War.

Twenty-one states have established official commissions to commemorate the Civil War's sesquicentennial, including Georgia. The Georgia Historical Society is leading the state's remembrance efforts. Among them: dedicating a new historical marker that commemorates the burning of Atlanta in 1864.

Earlier this year, Georgia's Old Capitol Museum in Milledgeville hosted a re-enactment of Georgia's secession convention. Alabama's capital, Montgomery - the first capital of the Confederacy - likewise marked the formation of the Confederacy in February with a parade.