Numerous events are planned next week to mark the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, which began April 12, 1861, with shots fired from James Island at Union forces in Fort Sumter.


What: "Voices from the Civil War," featuring Jay Ungar, Molly Mason and The Family Band with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Sean Newhouse, guest conductor; CSO Spiritual Ensemble & Mount Zion AME Spiritual Singers

When: 9-10:30 p.m.

Where: White Point Garden at The Battery

Admission: Free


What: "When Jesus Wept" sunrise concert, in remembrance of the moment the first shots of the Civil War were fired. Music for Brass Ensemble & Military Drums; a short candlelight concert featuring hymns by Colonial American composers including William Billings and others.

When: 4:30-5 a.m.

Where: White Point Garden

Admission: Free


What: Groups around the Charleston area fire cannons throughout the day to mark the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.

When: The commemoration starts with a 10-inch mortar cannon fired at 6:45 a.m. from Fort Johnson.

Where: The following other locations will immediately start firing after the first round for about 45 minutes. Sporadic firing will occur from these locations, and there will be another 45-minute barrage at 7:45 p.m.:

--Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant

--Pitt Street Bridge, Mount Pleasant

--Alhambra Hall in Mount Pleasant

--Breach Inlet on Sullivan's Island

--Station 22 on Sullivan's Island

--Fort Johnson on James Island

--Carolina Yacht Club (between 7 and about 9 p.m.)