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Civil war re-enactors fire mortars Tuesday from the Pitt Street Bridge toward Fort Sumter to commemorate the moment the first shots of the Civil War were fired 150 years ago in Charleston, S.C.

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Fort Sumter: Somber 150th anniversary of Civil War

Booming cannons, plaintive period music and hushed crowds ushered in the 150th anniversary of America’s bloodiest war on Tuesday, a commemoration that continues to underscore a racial divide that had plagued the nation since before the Civil War.

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