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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Lest We Forget, Today Marks the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War's First Battle

Several weeks before the bombardment of Fort Sumter,  Lincoln closed his inaugural address thus:

I am loath to close. We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield, and patriot grave, to every living heart and hearthstone, all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.

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For National Geographic articles on Fort Sumter and the Civil War Sesquicentennial, click here.

For The Smithsonian Institution Civil War Resource Web Page, click here.