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Civil War 150th anniversary marked this week


FORT SUMTER NATIONAL MONUMENT (AP) - 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.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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