Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Ft. Sumter

Well, today is the day:

Fort Sumter: Somber 150th anniversary of Civil War

Here's how the article gets started:

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — 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.

The events marked the 150th anniversary of the Confederate bombardment of Union-held Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, an engagement that plunged the nation into four years of war at a cost of more than 600,000 lives.

Several hundred people gathered on Charleston's Battery in the pre-dawn darkness, much as Charleston residents gathered 150 years ago to view the bombardment of April 12, 1861.

It was the war of "brother against brother". It was a house divided.

And in so many bewildering and painful ways, we are still fighting it.

May these next four years of commemoration bring us greater insight. Yes. Please God.

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