Civil War Re-Enactors Mark 150th Anniversary of Civil War's Start
By Magazine Editors | Online Only | Apr. 12, 2011
On April 12, 1861, the first shots of the Civil War were fired at Fort Sumter in South Carolina's Charleston Harbor. Early this morning, to mark the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the war, Civil War re-enactors raised a 33-star American flag over the fort, now a National Historic Monument, and fired several cannon shots.
Civil War battlefields such as The Wilderness in Virginia and Gettysburg in Pennsylvania have been recently protected, but despite these successes, many Civil War sites remain threatened by development.
The Civil War Trust released this list of the nation’s most endangered battlefields last May:
- Camp Allegheny »
- Cedar Creek »
- Fort Stevens »
- Gettysburg »
- Picacho Peak »
- Pickett's Mill »
- Richmond »
- South Mountain »
- Thoroughfare Gap »
- The Wilderness »
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