Remembering and Reenacting the Civil War Battle of Fort Sumter

Monday, April 11, 2011

The flag from Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired on April 12, 1861. The flag from Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired on April 12, 1861. (Department of Interior, National Park Service Historic Photograph Collection, Harpers Ferry Center)

Tuesday is the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War, which kicked off with the Battle for Fort Sumter. The battle began when confederate soldiers from Fort Johnson bombarded Fort Sumter, a piece of federal property in the Charleston, South Carolina harbor. In the end, Fort Sumter surrendered to the Confederates. In anticipation of Tuesday’s anniversary, enthusiasts from around the country have spent several years and thousands of dollars planning a reenactment of the Battle of Fort Sumter.

Douglas Bostick is the chairman of the First Shot Committee, which has been instrumental in organizing the Fort Sumter reenactment. And Lt. Col. Steve Riggs is a historical re-enactor who will be firing the first shot in the Battle of Fort Sumter Tuesday.


Douglas Bostick and Steve Riggs

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

Comments [5]

Tony Gill from Georgia

African-American in the south and particularly South Carolina still appear to
wear the scars of slavery. The day that
they stand errect as Dr.King said, then
some of the old racist attitude will be silenced.

Apr. 12 2011 11:26 AM
Anne B. Lawver from New York, NY 10023

I grew up in Virginia and lived for many years in Richmond, VA, the Capitol of the Confederacy. For many Richmonder’s, the Civil War (or as it is known to some overly genteel Richmonders as “the Late Unpleasantness”), the “War Between the States” is still a live issue replete with anger at the loss of this terrifble conflict. Growing up among people who, after more than a 100 years, still harbor passion for the South’s Cause, was a great lesson as to the destructive power of war and how distrust and resentment can last for generations.

Apr. 12 2011 09:24 AM

As a newcomer to this culture in 1974, I was introduced to the Confederate sentiment and the "N" word by a 20 year old woman newly wed to a Cuban born and naturalized Air Force officer. Very friendly, finely mannered and well educated confederate young woman from South Carolina. Fast forward to Hollywood, Florida 1982 and I see a KKK Clansman dressed in full regalia, spreading literature and taking collection for the cause at a busy traffic intersection.
In my opinion, that of a long time naturalized American and retired Air Force officer of Cuban origin, the Confederate culture is not confined by lines on a map or by geographical orientation - it is everywhere!
Leonardo Gomez

Apr. 11 2011 07:58 PM
Mr. Francis Zuccarello from NY, NY

Channeling my best Jesse Helms, I want to know how much of my, or any Americans’, tax dollars, are paying for this Celebration Of Southern Treachery? In case people don’t realize it, and before the revisionist boobs blather on and on, in our Civil War, the traitors wore gray. If that’s not enough then people must realize, The United States became a superpower under the Stars and Stripes not the stars and bars.

Apr. 11 2011 09:54 AM
Troy from Beaufort, SC

I recently moved from my home of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia to Beautiful Beaufort by the sea SC where there's a different kind of love... for the Civil War.

It was introduced to me as "The War of Northern Aggression" , by a local city official giving a historic tour by horse and buggy and that seems to be how it's referred to in most "polite company".

There is a huge billboard between Beaufort and Savannah GA that has a full size confederate flag on it... that's it... just a gigantic full color confederate flag.

There are not only giant billboard flags, but stickers on cars, license plates, license plate holders, t-shirts, bathing suits, pins etc. The Confederacy is alive and well here in the low country it seems.

On more than one occasion, in a bar a local will hear, or maybe notice, that there is a "Yank" in the room and will almost immediately fit the "N" word into whatever it was he was talking about, and then check and see if said "Yank" was offended... and sure enough... he was.

Everyone is very friendly down here and I like it quite a bit. But there are certain beliefs that are so prevalent, it may just cut my stay here a little short.

One offended Yank... in love with a Belle, that may help explain why I'm here!

Apr. 11 2011 09:44 AM

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