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Photos of Charleston's civil war re-enactment

Diehard military re-enactors gathered in Charleston, S.C. on Tuesday to mark the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the bloodiest and most controversial conflict on U.S. soil

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Confederate re-enactors standing on the ramparts of Fort Moultrie are silhouetted in the rising sun to mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War on April 12, 2011 in Charleston, South Carolina.

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William McCaskill, 10, left, and his brother Alex McCaskill, 7,of Lugoff, SC, gather at White Point Garden near Fort Sumter Tuesday, April 12, 2011 for a candlelight sunrise concert to commemorate the moment the first shots of the Civil War were fired in Charleston, S.C.

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Civil War reenactors gather at White Point Garden near Fort Sumter, S.C., for a candlelight sunrise concert Tuesday, April 12, 2011 to commemorate the moment the first shots of the Civil War were fired.

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Re-enactors dressed as ladies from the 1860s are seen in Charleston, South Carolina, April 12, 2011. Ladies in the city were known to send flowers to Union Major Robert Anderson at Fort Sumter and to ask for locks of Confederate Brigadier General P.G.T. Beauregard's hair before hostilities began.

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Re-enactors fire mortars at the Pitt Street Bridge near Fort Sumter, to commemorate the moment the first shots of the Civil War were fired 150 years ago in Charleston, S.C., on Tuesday, April 12, 2011.

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Union re-enactor Ross Collins of Rome, Ga., is seen at Fort Sumter in Charleston, S.C., on April 12, 2011.

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Union re-enactors, under the command of Major Robert Anderson, at Fort Sumter, Charleston, S.C., April 12, 2011.

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Civil War Union Army re-enactors (L-R) William Guillams, Jacob Martz and Walter Evans of Battery H, 1st U.S. Army Heavy Artillery at Fort Sumter, Charleston, S.C., April 12, 2011.

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Re-enactors fire a 12-Pound Mountain Howitzer commemorating the start of the Civil War, in Sand Lake, N.Y. New York state contributed the most men during the Civil War and suffered the most casualties, with more than 53,000 killed out of the 500,000

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The battle of Gettysburg (Hand-coloured lithograph). Print showing Union troops advancing from the right during fighting at the battle of Gettysburg. c1867

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