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Cannon blasts from Fort Johnson across Charleston Harbor toward Fort Sumter at daybreak on Tuesday, April 12, 2011, in Charleston, S.C., signal the commemoration of the start of the Civil War 150 years ago. (AP Photo/Post and Courier, Wade Spees)
Photo by: Wade Spees
Cannon blasts from Fort Johnson across Charleston Harbor toward Fort Sumter at daybreak on Tuesday, April 12, 2011, in Charleston, S.C., signal the commemoration of the start of the Civil War 150 years ago. (AP Photo/Post and Courier, Wade Spees)

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