Today’s date 150 years ago marked the beginning of the Civil War, which began in Charleston. Since Saturday reenactors have recreated several events and bombardments symbolizing a time when America was divided–the Civil War. In 1861, cannons boomed down on the Charleston Harbor at Fort Sumter, which still stands today.
Around 4:00 this morning on the site of Fort Sumter, a single beam of light was shone to remember the beginning of the war that brought the North and the South head to head. After 30 minutes, the one beam split into two, representing the separation of the country.
In all, more than 600,000 lives were lost in the war. Civil War commemoration events will continue through April 17.