Today is the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War. According to news articles, it was a "somber" event.
Some feel that the wounds have not healed, that a lot of the issues that led to a division of a nation are still very much
alive today. Such as "state rights".
This is a first in a series of animations covering the 150th anniversary
of the American Civil War.
APRIL 12, 2011
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.
About 4 a.m., a single beam of light reached skyward from the stone works of Fort Sumter.
About a half hour later, about the time the first shots were fired, a second beam glowed, signifying a nation torn in two.
a brass ensemble played a concert entitled "When Jesus Wept" as hundreds listened, some in folding chairs, others
standing. Fifty years ago during the centennial of the Civil War, there was a celebratory mood. But on Tuesday, the 150th
anniversary events were muted. Even the applause seemed subdued. [more...]