The lights shine at Fort Sumter at 4:30 a.m. EDT to commemorate the moment the first shots of the Civil War were fired in Charleston, S.C. on Tuesday, April 12, 2011. The South Carolina ceremony Tuesday begins the four-year national commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.
Cannon blasts from Fort Johnson across Charleston Harbor toward Fort Sumter at daybreak signaled the commemoration of the start of the Civil War 150 years ago, Tuesday, April 12, 2011 in Charleston, S.C.
Fort Sumter, viewed from Fort Johnoson on Tuesday, April 12, 2011, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired 150 years ago in Charleston, S.C.
Text and Image Source: Kansas City Star, April 12, 2011