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    Fort Sumter

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149th Anniversary of Fort Sumter

A line of Civil War reenactors fire muskets while visitors watch.
Civil War reenactors fire a volley during a musket firing demonstration.
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News Release Date: March 30, 2010
Contact: Jeff Jones, (843) 883-3123

Superintendent Bob Dodson announced today that visitors to Fort Sumter on Saturday, April 10, 2010 will have the opportunity to see living history programs commemorating the 149th anniversary of the April 12-13, 1861 bombardment of Fort Sumter. This event marked a defining moment in American history: the beginning of the Civil War.

Members of the Tramp Brigade, a Civil War reenactment unit, will present programs on the 1st US Artillery Regiment, which garrisoned Fort Sumter during the April 12-13, 1861 bombardment, and Confederate soldiers who garrisoned the fort in 1863. Programs will include both musket firing demonstrations with black powder and heavy artillery demonstrations without black powder to illustrate how large cannon were loaded. All the programs will include information on uniforms, weapons, equipment, and related items.

Did You Know?

Composite photos of Maj. Anderson (left) and Gen. Beauregard (right)

Union Maj. Robert Anderson, commanding Fort Sumter, and Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard, commanding Charleston's forces during the first battle of the Civil War, knew each other since the 1830s. Anderson was Beauregard's artillery instructor at West Point. Fort Sumter National Monument, SC