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April 12, 2011

First shots of Civil War marked at Fort Sumter

Several hundred people strolled up to the bandstand at the Battery early Tuesday, solemnly listening to a brass ensemble play a 25-minute program of hymns. The plaintive sound of the music rolled across White Point Garden to the walkway along the harbor’s edge, where several hundred more awaited the ceremonial parting of the light beam shining from Fort Sumter. The beams angled in different directions, signifying the directions taken by the Union and the Confederacy after the first shot was fired at 4:30 a.m. April 12, 1861.

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