Archive for April 12th, 2011

150th Anniversary of the Start of the Civil War

Today, April 12, 2011 marks the sesquicentennial of the first shots being fired in the US Civil War. At 4:30 am, Edmund Ruffin, a fascinating character in his own right as a scientist as well as a fire-eater, was given the honor of firing the first shots on Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor.

Here is the carving on Stone Mountain, GA (mentioned in the I Have A Dream speech!) commemorating Robert E. Lee, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, and Jefferson Davis. Try to guess where the funding for this carving originated?

Here is a link about the battle:

Here ( is an interesting link about the Sons of Confederate Veterans’ attempt to get a commemorative license plate of General Nathan Bedford Forrest (Run, Forrest! Run!) and the controversy over this, since he was also a founder of the Klu Klux Klan.