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Nice Surprise for a History Nerd

Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration
Santa Rosa Rural Cemetary
April 9, 2011

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I had been warning for months that it was coming: the sesquicentennial of the start of the Civil War. Could we go to Charleston, South Carolina, I asked several times, and see what they did there? Would they have a mock artillary barrage against Fort Sumter out in the harbor? What would we do to commemorate such a significant turning point in American history?

I never got it together enough to book a family trip out to Charleston during the final weeks of spring term (though I may get them out there this summer), but Jen was thoughtful enough to find me a substitute. She spotted an ad in the paper for this commemoration at Santa Rosa's Rural Cemetary and surprised me by driving me over there for the ceremony and a guided tour (with costumed actors) of some of the grave sites of Civil War nurses and veterans buried there.