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: http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/battles_sumter.html

Here (http://news.yahoo.com/s/time/20110304/us_time/08599205598100) 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.

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